There’s nothing romantic about a horse-drawn carriage ride for the animal who is strapped in the harness, surrounded by noisy traffic and forced to work long hours in the blazing heat and freezing cold. Yet another horse has collapsed on a busy street, succumbing to the stress of pulling a carriage as a tourist attraction.
A photographer was on hand to capture the disturbing scene, which happened in her hometown of Cozumel, Mexico.
In the caption of the photo, photographer Tere Nolasco Rios called out the government for failing to protect horses and tourists by allowing the animals to pull carriages through busy streets:
“It’s a shame that in this day and age and with all the incidents and accidents that have occurred, and through the years, NO level of government has had the backbone and the brains to require, suggest, or propose switching to a vehicle that doesn’t involve animals. … When animals, tourists, and passersby are in danger.”
The list of accidents involving horse-drawn carriages grows every year nationwide, and as we can see from the photo, these incidents are not exclusive to the United States. Accidents have occurred in nearly every city where carriage rides are allowed.
What You Can Do
Don’t ever pay for a horse-drawn carriage ride, and tell your family and friends not to do so, either. If you’re looking for a romantic date, ditch the carriage and check out our cruelty-free date ideas.