all horses who are forced
to pull carriages, Jerry has to work in
all weather extremes, including the scorching summers and the bitter winters of
Salt Lake City. He hauls tourists through the busy, congested downtown streets,
inhaling fumes and competing for road space with honking cars. Last weekend, while
pulling tourists, he apparently succumbed to the 98-degree heat and collapsed. The heat radiating off
the black asphalt on which he was pulling a carriage would have been far, far hotter
than 98 degrees.
was too weak to stand, so his handlers tied ropes around his body and dragged
him into a trailer.
drove him to the stable, but he was still too weak to stand, so his handlers
put straps around his limp body and hoisted him into the barn with a forklift.
owners said that he collapsed because he suffers from colic. We are doubtful and
suspect heat exhaustion, although colic can be brought on or exacerbated by
heat, dehydration, and stress—three factors that essentially define daily life
for horses who are forced to pull carriages.
What You Can Do
is once again calling on Salt Lake
City Mayor Ralph Becker to prevent
tragedies like this one and support efforts to
ban horse-drawn carriages on city streets. More regulations on this practice
won’t solve the problem. Regulations can’t reshape Salt Lake City’s densely
urban environment, and they can’t change the fact that horses are extremely
sensitive to loud noises. Contact
Mayor Becker and let him know that
you oppose forcing horses to pull carriages.
Article source: PETA Files