PETA Statement re Wilmington City’s New Horse-Drawn Carriage Rules

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Wilmington, N.C. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the Wilmington City Council’s new horse-drawn carriage regulations, which are reportedly modeled off those in Charleston, South Carolina:

The standards put in place are the bare minimum required to prevent the most common and egregious forms of suffering endured by horses used for carriage rides, but forcing these animals to pull tourists in carriages through chaotic city streets is inherently dangerous and cruel. Numerous recent incidents in Charleston, South Carolina—which has similar minimum standards—including one in which a horse took off running over a curb and crashed into a parked car, prove that the only true way to protect these skittish animals is with an outright ban on these archaic tourist traps.

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