Please join Working Animal Advocates as we demonstrate to raise awareness about the inhumane, exploitative and unsafe horse-drawn carriage trade in Old Sacramento. Afterward we will meet at Plum Café for a brief meeting to discuss next steps in the campaign, including approaching City Council to take action. The Sacramento Bee will be doing a story on our campaign in the next couple weeks so a strong showing of support is needed. Hope to see you at one or both events -- THANK YOU!
Demo: 1 – 2:30pm
Old Sacramento Historic District (at the corner of J and 2nd Streets), Sacramento
Campaign Meeting: 3 – 4pm
Plum Café, 2315 K St., Sacramento
More info below and please sign & share our Change.org Petition!
Ban Inhumane & Unlawful Horse-Drawn Carriages in Sacramento, CA - https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-inhumane-unlawful-horse-drawn-carriages-in-sacramento-ca
The presence of horse-drawn carriages in urban settings like Old Sacramento puts the safety of the horses and public at serious risk. Carriage horses must navigate congested traffic conditions, contending with cars, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians and companion animals that cross their paths and share limited space on the streets. In recent years, there have been two incidents in Old Sacramento in which horses were attacked and injured by dogs, including one incident that resulted in the dog being shot and killed. And in 2009, a carriage was struck by a car in a hit-and-run accident, totaling the carriage and causing injury to the horse, carriage operator and two passengers. Dozens of people and horses are injured or killed every year in carriage accidents in the U.S., and it is only a matter of time before another dangerous incident occurs in Sacramento.
Harnessed to their carriage for many hours a day with a metal bit in their mouth, a manure bag tied to their rear, and blinders blocking their view, horses are deprived of natural movements and behavior just to endlessly give rides around the same few blocks to tourists. Please join us on JUNE 30th to raise awareness about this issue and educate the public about the plight of these horses who must labor in very hot temperatures, work long hours without rest, breathe in exhaust fumes all day, and risk hoof and leg injuries from pounding hard city streets.
For more information, please see our website: http://www.workinganimal.org/