Stop Horse Drawn CarriagesWhat You Can Do to Help End Horse-Drawn Carriages
Stop Horse Drawn Carriages From Animal Rights Activism Campaigns
Be a Voice for the Voiceless

Whether you live in an area where horse drawn carriage industries exist, or just a traveler to one of these cities, there are several things you can do to help the horses:

1. Do not take carriage rides – and tell your friends and family to do the same.

2. Educate people about this issue. There is a lot of information on this web site and other sites (see links) – share it with friends and family.

3. Familiarize yourself with the existing legislation that regulates this industry –i.e. learn how many people are allowed to ride in a carriage; what streets horse carriages are restricted to – and for which days and hours; the temperatures at which the horses are allowed to work.

4. Report any obvious violations, any acts of animal cruelty, and accidents if you are a witness. Also contact the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department or e-mail them at [email protected].  Provide the time the incident occurred; the location; carriage license (at rear of carriage); description of the horse. If you speak with someone, get their name and ask for a report as to how the incident was resolved. If you leave a message on their voice mail; leave your contact information and ask for a call back.

5. Write letters to the editor of local newspapers and other media resources.

6. Contact your legislators: city council members, and state and national representatives.

7. Request pedicabs as an alternative to horse drawn carriages.

8. Donate to reputable non-profit organizations working to ban horse drawn carriages, and/or reputable horse rescue groups and/or sanctuaries. (See links for recommended organizations.)

9. Learn more about educational outreach by reviewing our Animal Rights Activism Section.

10. Tell the New York ASPCA to protect carriage horses.

11. Simple action:

This was suggested by an activist:

"When I walk by the carriages, I give them a very evident ‘thumbs down’ which seems to get them very upset! Maybe that could be an interesting ad campaign...if hundreds of people give a thumbs down when they see them, could send a strong message"

We think this is a great idea. SIMPLE! All you have to do when you pass by a horse-drawn carriage is to give them (the driver and passengers) a THUMBS DOWN. No words need be spoken.

thumbs down

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