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Another ‘Carriage Horse’ Mown Down

Written by PETA | July 26, 2011

The list of accidents involving horse-drawn carriages just got longer. On Monday night, a taxi knocked over a carriage, resulting in injuries to the carriage driver and passengers. Witnesses said the horse was lying in the street beneath the carriage. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

Horses used for carriage rides are forced to work long hours in the heat of summer and the sleet of winter. The noisy and crowded streets are no place for these sensitive, easily spooked animals, and as this latest incident shows, collisions between carriages and hardier vehicles occur somewhat regularly. In New York, at the end of their “shifts,” the horses are tied into tiny stalls, barely bigger than their own bodies, unable even to get the weight off their legs and lie down. Check out Glee star Lea Michele’s video about horses used for carriage rides:

There are compassionate and tourist-friendly options to make sure that this type of accident—and worse—doesn’t keep happening: Pamela Anderson recently promoted the cruelty-free charm of eco-friendly classic cars, which would provide jobs for drivers while giving horses a much-deserved retirement.

Please take a moment to sign PETA’s petition asking New York City to ban horse-drawn carriages. If you know people who are planning a trip to New York this summer, urge them to avoid cruel horse-drawn carriages.

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • Jessica says:

    Thank you Lea, for putting it so well.

  • Brittany says:

    Lea your amazing so pretty and caring <3, those poor horses I just cant imagine living like that compared to how I live now Lea you have defiantly influenced me your so sweet now I regret riding horses, be free and live the way you want ! Thank you Lea and PETA for showing me this its so sad I cried :’(

  • Rev. Meg says:

    The city where I live has a beautiful historic downtown district which has been featured in many movies. Sadly, bridal couples are permitted to take horse and carriage rides down its streets so it is not unusual to see horses and people endangered by impatient drivers during these turn of the 20th century events. One of these days there is going to be an accident and only then will the city council ban these rides.

  • Jenna Winnett says:

    Thank you lea for this video. Horses should not be put through these horrible conditions. If you so desperately want a scenic tour of the city take a bus or a pedicab don’t put these innocent animals in more danger. Thank you so much Lea.

  • Carson says:

    This is horrible. Horse drawn carriages should be illegal in big cities like New York. Fat and lazy tourists should get off their butts and enjoy the scenery and atmosphere from their own point of view rather than a horse’s death ride.

  • Lisa Nyles says:

    Thank you Lea!

  • Emily says:

    Dont criticize me for this but SOMEE horse carriage drivers arent cruel to their horses, i live in omaha and in the old market theres hardly any cars and i know the man who runs horse carriages and hes actually really nice to his horses, theyre fed lots and if they get hurt what so ever they have the day off right when they get hurt and they get to rest, and his horses are big and actually love doing the work and he gives them sundays off and his horses come before buisness, they have a large field to be in and a good shelter, they arent abused at all, and when he took the week off with them the horses became very depressed not being able to do work, this isnt always the case though im jsut saying not all horse carriage owners are bad

  • Sami Rollins says:

    THANK YOU!!! I’ve been telling my friend (practically sister) this for YEARS…She even stopped using bits on horses, so now if she rides one, she uses a bitless bridle and knows to treat them with respect, but she still doesn’t understand that horse carriages are worse than anything for them. It’s her DREAM to use one after her wedding, but I just can’t tolerate that…I know it’s her wedding, but she plans on torturing her favorite animal in celebration? I don’t think so…

  • Em says:

    HATE! SO AWFUL!

  • pedro Sanchez says:

    Horses are not tourist attractions, cruelty lives and accidents is their every day life-they are sick and deserve a beter life in the country side free of cruelty and excess if work, I ask to New York City to Ban horse-drawn carriages.

  • pedro Sanchez says:

    Horses deserve a better place in the country side for the rest of their lifes-The list of accidents involving horse-drawn carriages just got longer. On Monday night, a taxi knocked over a carriage, resulting in injuries to the carriage driver and passengers. Witnesses said the horse was lying in the street beneath the carriage. The extent of his injuries are unknown. Horses used for carriage rides are forced to work long hours in the heat of summer and the sleet of winter. The noisy and crowded streets are no place for these sensitive, easily spooked animals, and as this latest incident shows, collisions between carriages and hardier vehicles occur somewhat regularly. In New York, at the end of their “shifts,” the horses are tied into tiny stalls, barely bigger than their own bodies, unable even to get the weight off their legs and lie down. Check out Glee star Lea Michele’s video about horses used for carriage rides:

  • Ana says:

    Lea, you’re amazing!! :) Thank you!

  • Ana says:

    Lea, you’re amazing!! :)

  • Ana says:

    Amazing project! Lea, you’re such as inspiration!! Thank you!

  • Ashiebabexxx says:

    Its is fricking discusting what kinds of things happen to horses… Why do you need horse-drawn carriages anyway??? Use some fricking initiative and GET A FRICKING CAR!!!!

  • Amelie says:

    This is awful! I really hope I don’t have too see these carriges when I visit in a year… It is time too ban them and let the horses be horses.

  • Charles says:

    While I do agree that the working conditions of a city with the possible exception of central park are terrible for horses, particularly pavement and exhaust fumes. The condition of the stables shown were also terrible but there is one error that to this video that takes some of the steam away from your goal. Horses while it is possible for them to actually lie down tend to sleep standing and can actually develop serious medical conditions if they lay down for more than an hour or so. The reason I do not sign this petition is that it sets precedent for hundreds of people who use horses in a healthy and safe manner for the horses and in a way that is more eco friendly than even electric machinery to be shut down or penalized. There are also mounted police that are very effective in New York that such litigation would eliminate. For an animal not native to this country and one that is taboo to be eaten it’s own purpose is to be a work animal or a pet for the rich.

  • arielle says:

    While I agree COMPLETELY with all of this, horses don’t lay down as most animals would to “rest”. I’ve always read/heard that something happens while laying down, and their own body weight is too much for their inside organs to handle, therefore, they really don’t. Not 100% accurate on this, but I wanted to share to maybe get a real, truthful answer if this one isn’t correct.

  • Rachel McMann says:

    Please give these beautiful animals a break! They don’t deserve this!

  • Katie says:

    Boycott horse carriages!

  • Denise Howard says:

    Ban horse drawn carriages now! They are cruel and outdated!

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