PETA Statement re the Closure of Philadelphia Carriage Co.

For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – Below, please see a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews regarding the Philadelphia Carriage Company, which will cease operations as of December 31, 2017, as the result of a settlement agreement reached this morning with the Philadelphia City Council:

PETA thanks Council Member Mark Squilla for leading the charge to shut down this cruel enterprise. This company has illegally forced sick horses to haul heavy carriages day in and day out without a license for six months. As these horses finally head to retirement at a rescue group, PETA thinks that Philadelphians and tourists alike will see that horse-drawn carriages have no place in the 21st century.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our work is available here.

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