Help Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in San Antonio: Contact Your City Council Member Today!

Please call and e-mail your city council member and politely urge them to support this legislation, which would require that horse-drawn carriages be phased out in the city and would prohibit the use of horses for carriage rides by the end of 2023.

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Here are some talking points:

  • Every year, the list of accidents involving horse-drawn carriages grows, and horses continue to endure pain, suffering, and even death because of this archaic practice. A San Antonio resident reportedly saw a horse pass out from heatstroke downtown.
  • With cars, pedestrians, bikes, and scooters, downtown San Antonio already has a lot of traffic. Horse-drawn carriages add another traffic risk and slow people down. In one instance, a San Antonio resident was reportedly hit by a horse while she was riding her bike.
  • Horses who are forced to pull heavy carriages through the city streets breathe in lung-searing exhaust fumes and plod along scorching asphalt in the summer. They must constantly attempt to avoid collisions with careless or impatient drivers.
  • One horse in San Antonio who was used to pull carriages allegedly had a swollen genital sheath, couldn’t control his bladder, and likely experienced intense pain. The manager of the horse carriage company ignored the injury and waited over five months to take him to a vet, at which point the horse had a kidney stone the size of a basketball and had to be euthanized.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind