Please join Working Animal Advocates as we demonstrate to raise awareness about the inhumane, exploitative and unsafe horse-drawn carriage trade in Old Sacramento.
The presence of horse-drawn carriages in urban settings like Old Sacramento puts the safety of the horses and public at serious risk, as horses must navigate congested traffic conditions—contending with cars, buses, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians that cross their paths and share limited space on the streets.
Further, Sacramento’s carriage operators consistently put the safety of the horses and public in jeopardy by violating several city codes, including not providing mandated rest periods with access to water and shade, working horses in 100°F temperatures, relying on a thermometer that does not comply with regulations, trotting horses at a fast pace, and violating a number of basic traffic laws. Please see http://www.workinganimal.org/ for more information, including photos and videos documenting the inhumane conditions and code violations.
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 July 13 to raise awareness 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 this recent front-page article in The Sacramento Bee - http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/24/5518670/animal-rights-group-wants-to-ban.html - as well as our website: http://www.workinganimal.org/
Please also sign & share our Change.org Petition which we will be hand-delivering to City Council later this month!
Ban Inhumane & Unlawful Horse-Drawn Carriages in Sacramento, CA - https://www.change.org/petitions/ban-inhumane-unlawful-horse-drawn-carriages-in-sacramento-ca
Signs and leaflets provided.