Portland Officials Need to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

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Originally Posted: 5 August 2009

Portland Officials Need to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

From Matt Rossell, In Defense of Animals (IDA)

Tell Portland Officials that horse-drawn carriage rides need to be banned.


Mayor Sam Adams
phone (503) 823-4120

Dan Anderson, Public Advocate, Bureau of Transportation
phone (503) 823-1384


A 23 year-old horse, Balatore, collapsed last Saturday after suffering a major heart attack while pulling newlyweds in a carriage during the ninth day of a heat wave where temperatures exceeded 90 degrees. Portland currently has no regulations for companies that uses horses to pull carriages.

Horses do not belong in the city, and there is nothing romantic about forcing a horse to pull heavy loads on pavement in the middle of traffic. This tragic example - Balatore's death - should be a wake-up call to an animal loving city like Portland to make the compassionate choice to ban the carriage horse industry, falling in line with other progressive cities which have instituted a ban including Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reno, Nevada, Camden, New Jersey and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Horses simply don't belong in the city. The hard pavement is dangerous for their joints and legs, the shoes used limit effective circulation and the horses do not have free access to much-needed water throughout their working hours. These horses are vulnerable to injuries, car collisions, exhaustion and, as in the case of poor Balatore, death.

For more information, contact Matt Rossell by email or phone at (503) 249-9996, and visit Ban Horse Drawn Carriages.

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