PETA Statement: Landmark Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2020

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Chicago – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the Chicago City Council’s vote to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the city:

This is a banner day for overworked horses in Chicago, who will no longer be forced to pound the pavement through extreme heat, thunderstorms, or blizzards and who are often deprived of even a drink of water, as the Chicago Alliance for Animals has documented for over three years. PETA and the CAA have supported this progressive ban every step of the way, and we have high hopes that this kinder, carriage-free city will influence others to follow suit, including New York—where a horse used for carriage rides died in Central Park earlier this year.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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