Dozens of Florida Students to Urge Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

PETA Supporters Will Encourage Compassion for Horses Used as Tourist Attractions

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

St. Augustine, Fla. – On Sunday, dozens of students from across Florida—along with local activists—will gather to protest the horse-drawn carriage rides offered in downtown St. Augustine.

When:    Sunday, January 13, 11 a.m.

Where:    Bridge of Lions, at the intersection of U.S. 1 Business and Cathedral Place, St. Augustine

Armed with PETA posters proclaiming, “Horse-Drawn Cruelty,” the activists will urge St. Augustine to follow the lead of Florida locales such as Key West, Palm Beach, and Panama City Beach as well as cities across the country that have banned horse-drawn carriages.

“Horse-drawn carriage rides force skittish horses to pull heavy loads through exhaust-filled streets in all weather extremes,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “PETA joins Florida’s college students in urging everyone to enjoy St. Augustine’s historic architecture and beautiful beaches—and leave gentle horses in peace.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—notes that accidents, injuries, and even deaths have occurred after horses, who are easily startled, got spooked and ran amok.

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