Victoria Horse Alliance

Please be aware of a scam currently being perpetrated by the horse carriage companies in response to our petition and evidence of animal cruelty.  They are using a similar name to ours, have started a Facebook page, created a website, and a Change.org petition to mislead people.  This is how desperate and scared they are of the evidence brought against them.  Their interest is only in continuing this exploitation and ignoring the legitimate cruelty concerns brought against them.

Thank you for your attention to this.

Victoria Horse Alliance

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Petition to ban the horse drawn carriages
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It will take a community effort to liberate the horses that work in the carriage-horse industry from this inhumane and outdated form of animal exploitation and tourism.  We need your help to spread the word and take action on their behalf and on behalf of all citizens and visitors to Victoria who are put in danger by their forced labour in our city streets.

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Victoria Horse Alliance is for the horses, not the horse carriage industry.

Violence against non-human animals is everywhere in our society, but some of these practices are more visible than others.

In Langford, the rodeo is now gone because people spoke out against the inhumane practices of that industry.  In Oak Bay, Sealand of the Pacific has been gone for many years after a fatal incident due to the inhumane conditions of the orca whales kept there.

Now, it is time for the horse-drawn carriages of Victoria to be banned for the inhumane practice of forcing horses to wade through city streets and endangering public safety.

This is animal exploitation, plain and simple.  Every time we go out into the community to raise awareness and challenge this industry we meet concerned citizens who agree, horse-drawn carriages in Victoria need to end.  For the horses and for all of us.

Thank you for your help in making a difference in our communities for horses and people.

We Cannot Wait Any Longer.

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Victoria Horse Alliance is a community advocacy project of the Animal Alliance Environment Voters (AAEV) Party of Canada.  You can help support our efforts to end the exploitation of horses in Victoria by donating through the main AAEV page.  Thank you.

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City of Victoria: Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.

CITY OF VICTORIA: BAN THE HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES.
City of Victoria Mayor and Council, we call on you to take action for the safety, health, and integrity of the horses used in the horse-drawn carriage industry in Victoria B.C., and for the visitors and citizens who live here.

WHEREAS past efforts to regulate the horse-drawn carriage industry have not stopped collisions in the streets or inhumane treatment of the horses used in this industry.

AND WHEREAS in the last 20 years, Victoria has experienced over 20 collisions and safety concerns involving the horse-drawn carriages which threaten the lives and safety of the horses, visitors, and residents in our city.

AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of improper maintenance of the carriage equipment placing horses, drivers, and pedestrians at risk.

AND WHEREAS there is documented evidence of careless and reckless operation of the horse carriages by those driving them in the streets.

AND WHEREAS there is evidence the City of Victoria is losing $20,000 in annual revenue from the current rental agreement established between the City and the horse carriage companies.

AND WHEREAS recent documentation of Victoria horse carriage horses feet indicate improper and inadequate care which has been condemned by certified farriers, and which has led to a cruelty complaint being filed with the BC SPCA.

AND WHEREAS research indicates that the “bit” used to communicate with the horses in the Victoria horse carriage industry causes them pain and discomfort which can lead to chronic physiological and psychological health issues.

AND WHEREAS Victoria Horse Alliance has compiled a report which outlines how a “phasing out” to a ban could be naturally accomplished by Dec 31st, 2017 based on current rental agreements between the City of Victoria and carriage operators.

THEREFORE WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, urge the City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council to act in the interests of the horses used in the horse carriage industry, as well as the interests of citizens and visitors of the City by passing a resolution for a phasing out of the horse carriage industry, leading to a natural ban to be effective Dec 31st, 2017.

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