10 Photos That Will Make You NEVER Ride in a Horse-Drawn Carriage

One by one, cities around the world are banning horse-drawn carriages as more people realize just how cruel and speciesist it is to force horses to pull heavy loads in all weather extremes until they’re too old, worn down, or injured to be profitable. Horses are highly intelligent animals who are also skittish and easily become frightened—they don’t want to be used to pull humans, especially through loud, busy city streets and parks.

Here are 10 more reasons why you should never ride in a horse-drawn carriage:

1. Because horses are forced to pull carriages even in excessive heat and can collapse and potentially die from heatstroke or dehydration.

2. Because a horse isn’t meant to be stuck in traffic.

Horse In Traffic© Blinders the Movie

3. Because horses used to pull carriages are kept in places such as this when they’re not working.

Horse In Stall© Blinders the Movie

4. Because sometimes cars crash into them.

Horse Carriage Car Crash© Blinders the Movie

5. Because it’s speciesist to force horses to pull carriages for human entertainment.

Policeman With Dead Horse© Blinders the Movie

6. Because some horses, such as Jerry, just collapse and never get up.

Jerry the Horse Collapsed

7. And even after they collapse from illness or heat exhaustion, their drivers may continue to slap, whip, and scream at them to move—just as happened to Ryder.

Ryder laying on the street

8. Because this doesn’t make the park “more romantic.”

Carriage Horse Dead© Peter Wood

9. Because horses belong here …

Adult and baby horse in field

10. … not here.

Horse Dead on the Street© Matthew Miller

Help Horses: Take Action Now

Never take carriage rides pulled by horses, and explain to your family and friends why they shouldn’t, either. If your city allows horse-drawn carriages on its streets, urge your legislators to propose a bill that will ban them.

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“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