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Demonstration & Outreach to End Horse-Drawn Carriages in Old Sacramento

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  • Old Sacramento Historic District

    (at the corner of J and 2nd Streets) , Sacramento, CA (map)

    38.583141 -121.504120

  • Please join Working Animal Advocates on Sunday, June 8th as we peacefully demonstrate and educate the public about the inhumane, exploitative and unsafe horse-drawn carriage trade in Old Sacramento.

    Help us educate the public about the plight of these horses who endure:
    - Air pollution from car and truck exhausts
    - Stress from city noise including
    honking horns, roaring motorcycles,
    car alarms, loud music, and freeway noise
    - Risk of collision with vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians
    - Threats of heat stroke and colic as a result of working in very high temperatures in the summer without necessary shade, rest, or water
    - Risk of painful injury to their legs and hooves from standing and walking for long hours on pavement and cobblestones The presence of horse-drawn carriages in urban settings like Old Sacramento puts the safety of the horses and public at serious risk, as the horses must navigate through traffic and contend with cars, buses, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians and companion animals that cross their paths and share limited space on the streets.

    In recent years, there have been multiple incidents in Old Sacramento in which horses and passengers were injured, including three occasions in which horses were attacked and injured by dogs, one of which resulted in the dog being shot and killed, and two incidents in which carriages were struck by cars in hit-and-run accidents. 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.

    Signs and leaflets provided.

    For more information about the campaign, please see our website -


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  • Kim F.

    Hi All,

    The forecast is showing a high of 111 (!) degrees tomorrow, and I think the chances are low that the horses will be out giving rides, especially since (due to our campaign) the carriage operators have said they will stop working their horses at 95 degrees. It's hard to know for sure, but since there's a decent chance the horses won't be working (we hope!), we'll reschedule the demo for another time, when conditions are more favorable.

    It would, of course, be good to check if the operators are keeping their word about not working their horses at/past 95 degrees. As triple digit temperatures are expected for both today and tomorrow, is there anyone in the area who could swing by Old Sacramento sometime on either or both days to see if the horses are out? Many thanks, and stay cool!


    June 7, 2014

    • Camilla

      Thanks, Kim, that sounds like a good plan.

      1 · June 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kim. Keep me posted on the rescheduling.

      1 · June 7, 2014

  • Camilla

    I will try my best to get there. Thanks for coming out all this way and hosting, Kim. I hope many will stand with you out there.

    May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    See my post on the Vegan Society post for this event. I will be there!

    1 · May 27, 2014


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