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Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages

April 20, 2015 by Leave a Comment


The News

The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico has signed an executive order banning horse-drawn carriages, effective April 20th. The ban comes four days after a horse collapsed on the street. In a statement, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto said she made the decision based on “exploitation” and the “mistreatment to which they are exposed every day.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico

A spooked horse who bolted and crashed into a jeep in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2012

The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has also pledged to ban horse-drawn carriages. In December, 2014, he introduced a bill that would phase out the carriages over a three year period. In mid-April, he reaffirmed his commitment, telling a reporter that he believes horse-drawn carriages in the streets of Manhattan are “inhumane” and “archaic.” Earlier in 2015, he elaborated on his position on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The NYC Council is expected to vote on the Mayor’s bill this summer, after the city completes a mandatory and routine Environmental Assessment study.

Spooked horse collides with motor vehicle in midtown Manhattan

Spooked horse collides with motor vehicle in midtown Manhattan (photo: Catherine Nance)

Your Turn

To see how you can support the ongoing effort to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC, please visit NYCLASS and The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.



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  1. cathy Ary says:

    Think it a really good idea, it’s to dangerous out there.

  2. Elinor Hawke-Szady says:

    It sickens me that Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC has been slammed and ridiculed for the good he’s trying to do for these poor horses. It’s about time NYC woke the hell up and followed San Juan’s lead. Kudos to the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico – Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto – for doing something about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ban horse carriages all over the World.

  4. Natasha Brenner says:

    City council, are you listening?

  5. zübeyde köstekli says:

    imza

  6. i hope that Mayer Di Blasio has the same humane feelings as San Jan Mayer dose horses feel the same pain as humans do Please mayor do something about this!!!

  7. sigrid konietzny says:

    Warum brauch das soooo lange um für die Horses endlich ein STOP zu machen ,es ist eine schande haben sie keinen Mut???

  8. HORSES, CARS AND ROADS ARE NOT A GOOD MIX AND IT IS ALWAYS THE HORSE THAT WILL LOSE… IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT SOMEONE TOOK THIS ON TO PROTECT THE HORSE THANK GOD SOMEONE HAS

  9. Please stop burdening the horses and killing other animals. Animals are not on earth to serve sinners but to live their own lives in freedom. Horse are not for humans to ride, to kill and eat but to love, respect and help always. http://www.all-creatures.org

  10. Please protect and help all the horses. Horses and other animals are not on earth to serve wicked humans that demand to get their ways with all creatures. Sinners must fully repent, reform and start to obey the natural laws but should not ride horses, eat meat nor abuse any creature at all. http://www.all-creature.org

  11. Lisa Lammon says:

    Now NOt only are the HOrses being hurt but , CHildren in cars.. Can we please end this.. THE horses alone that are hurt should have been Enough.. please..

  12. Terry says:

    Great news Donny. Good idea to tie in the NYC situation. Puerto Rico beat us.

  13. Linda Salerno says:

    Thank you for your compassion, it really pays off! Pedicabs are a MUCH better choice and is kinder to animals and the environment! Visitors would much rather have a ride in it, and going green, sustainable visits can have a better impact on putting a percentage to go help animal needs, yes we would come for that!

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