We call upon the City of Los Angeles to shut down horse, pony rides, and petting zoos because these practices abuse animals for entertainment

To Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember Nithya Raman, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Councilmember Nury Martinez, Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, Councilmember Marqueece Harris- Dawson, Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilmember Mike Bonin, Councilmember John Lee, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Councilmember Kevin de Leon, Councilmember Joe Buscaino.

WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles protects the lives of children who live and visit within the City;

WHEREAS, horses and ponies carry communicable diseases;

WHEREAS, petting zoo animals endure high stress during handling;

WHEREAS, horses and ponies tethered to a metal bar, plodding in endless circles in hot temperatures, with no access to water;

WHEREAS, horses and ponies are overworked;

WHEREAS, horses and pony rides pose immense safety risk to children;

THEREFORE, the City of Los Angeles condemns the use of horses and ponies to provide entertainment to children;

I, the undersigned, am a resident of the City of Los Angeles or I routinely visit the City of Los Angeles, I have read the petition, and I ask the City Council to adopt an ordinance consistent with the petition.

Communicable diseases: Commonly transmitted from horses to humans. Dermatophilosis - Dermatophilosis is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus congolensis. This enters the body through an abrasion, insect bite, or laceration.

Safety risk to children: Lack of protective gear (helmet), and saddle not properly adjusted appropriately on child has proven to cause broken bones, and bodily damage.

Update #1yesterday
Thank you to all whom have signed my petition. We are so grateful for your support. Since we have experienced an influx in signatures, and immense popularity in supporters for this very important issue, I have raised the number from 2000 signatures to 5000.

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