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San Antonio’s Carriage Horses Need Your Help

July 18, 2013 | Horse Carriages / Take Action
Say NO to Cruel Proposed Regulation Changes.  Say YES to a Ban.

San Antonio Residents:  On Thursday, August 1st, at 9 am, please join us at: City Hall, 4th Floor, 100 Military Plaza in San Antonio before the Council Meeting to gather outside, and possibly offer comment inside on a proposed regulation change to increase the maximum temperature carriage horse drivers work horses. The changes would allow horses to work at 96 degrees with no allowances for humidity, and the required rest breaks for horses would  be reduced from 10 minutes to 5 minutes. Also, after 8 pm, horses would be worked at any temperature, or if the police chief calls for a “special event exception.”  All terrible.

 Why? Drivers work without pay unless they have riders in carriages, so regulation changes further torment horses who, when unable to work, are sold to “killer buyer auctions” for slaughterhouses.

Friends of Animals and Primarily Primates sanctuary in San Antonio will offer to place the horses at Texas sanctuaries, if Council members consider a BAN on the horse-drawn carriage trade in San Antonio.

Sixty horses pull carriages on the hot streets of downtown San Antonio – a chaotic environment with swerving vehicles, blaring horns, crowds of people and constant noise.  In 2009, a horse stationed in front of the Alamo was frightened by a passing city bus, and the horse ran through downtown traffic.

Whether or not you can join Friends of Animals and Primarily Primates on August 1, for the City Council meeting, please write or call your Council District person below in addition to Mayor Julian Castro and 

City Manager Cheryl Scully.  Tell them you oppose the horse-drawn carriage trade in San Antonio, and an already inhumane trade shouldn’t be made worse.

Many thanks,

Edita Birnkrant, NY Director              Stephen Tello, Executive Director

Friends of Animals                               Primarily Primates           


Diego M. Bernal, District 1
Ivy R. Taylor, District 2
Rebecca J. Viagran, District 3
Rey Saldana, District 4
Shirley Gonzales, District 5
Ray Lopez, District 6  
Cris Medina, District 7
Ron Nirenberg, District 8
Elisa Chan, District 9
Carlton Soules, District 10
City Manager, Cheryl Scully



Bob Orabona is correct! This is a different
time era and we don't need horses to get
from A to B. This industry must stop.


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