In the heart of New York City, a tragic incident has cast a dark shadow over the romanticized image of horse-drawn carriage rides. Ryder, a feeble horse forced to work despite his older age and poor health, collapsed and had to be euthanized.
The driver has been charged with animal cruelty, but this was not just a tragic accident. It is a symptom of a much larger problem, and Ryder's story is a stark reminder of the cruelty inherent in this outdated practice.
Sign this petition to demand that the New York City Council and Mayor Eric Adams work together to immediately ban horse-drawn carriage rides in New York City!
This isn't the first time the cruelty of horse-drawn carriages has come to public attention. In the past, horses have collapsed from exhaustion, been involved in traffic collisions, and suffered in the face of extreme weather conditions. The time for action is overdue. Other major cities, recognizing the inherent abuse in this practice, have already banned horse-drawn carriages. New York City must follow suit.
Ryder's story is a painful illustration of what these horses endure -- overworked on hard surfaces, exposed to vehicle emissions, and subjected to harsh weather conditions. This is a far cry from the life these majestic animals deserve.
Sign the petition to urge Mayor Adams and the New York City Council to protect horses immediately!