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Exploitation is Not Romantic!

February 11, 2010 | Horse Carriages

February 14th Demonstration against Horse-Drawn Carriages in Philadelphia

Please join the Pennsylvania Chapter of Friends of Animals in demonstrating against the oppressive horse-drawn carriage industry in Philadelphia this Valentines Day, Sunday, February 14th.

Some people choose to celebrate Valentine's Day by taking a carriage ride through historic Philadelphia. However, there is nothing romantic about horse-drawn carriages. The most basic interests of these horses (the descendents of horses who centuries ago were taken out of their natural habitat, separated from their communities, and selectively bred for human purposes) are subordinated to human convenience. These horses only receive food, water, rest and interaction with other captive horses when humans permit. This is not romantic, it's exploitation.

We will be handing out Valentines to potential carriage customers, urging them to find a non-exploitive way in which to celebrate the holiday. We'll also be handing out candy hearts and urging people to contact Councilmember Frank DiCicco, to send the councilmember a message to end the use of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.

WHEN: February 14, 2010 "“ from 2:00 to 5:00PM
WHERE: The NE corner of 5th & Chestnut

Can't make it to the protest? Please contact Councilmember Frank DiCicco and let the councilmember know that you want to see the end of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.

Councilmember Frank DiCicco: 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459 or Email (Frank.DiCicco@phila.gov)

Comments

Instead of focusing on carriage horses you should focus on horses used by the Amish. FoA comments: None of the horses, or any other animals, undergoing exploitation by humans are being forgotten.

Seems like humans just have a "hankering" for mistreating horses. The BLM Round up continues in spite of the fact that it is IL-LEGAL! and here horses are exploited for human entertainment. Why don't we just leave horses alone? Let them BE in their natural habitat? I don't trust humans to treat these animal right, so just leave them be! Humans are like a virus.. they ruin the earth, the animals, each other... WHAT are they good for again?

These poor horses need someone to treat them better. I am sure that they love to get out of their stalls and see the hidden worlds, but somehow they need to be treated fairly too. We all know that horses are very proud. Let's hope they are taken care of properly so they will can stand tall.

PLEASE DISCONTINUE THE USE OFTHESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS TO PLEASE PEOPLE WHO DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS. YES, THEY DO HAVE FEELINGS. I'VE WORKED WITH HORSES FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND THEY DON'T DESERVE TO BE USED FOR HUMAN TRANSPORTATION.

Not only horses in Philly, but Charleston SC. The heat is oppressive in the summer, one horse pulls a carriage carring ten people when it can only safely pull four. Why? MONEY! The carriage industry needs to be shut down. We live in the 21st century, we no longer need to use (exploit) animals for transportation. Misusing an animal in not romantic.

What exactly are you considering exploitation? Utilizing animals for our convenience? What do you consider pets? They're used and kept in the home. Many dogs are only kept to alert owners of trespassers, many people use dogs for hunting (which may be that families only source of food). Are you all vegans? 100% no animal products being used at all?... FoA comments: Exploitation is the use of another being that deprives that being of its freedom. In general, "utilizing animals for our convenience" is exploitation. I take care of one dog and three cats -- I have never considered it a "convenience" to do so -- just the opposite. Yet without the care being given them, they could not survive or live freely. Friends of Animals is against the breeding of animals for companionship, for hunting, as guard dogs. And yes, we are vegans. Thank you for asking. Tell everyone you know and help spread the word.

I work with these majestic creatures, and understand them. Their thoughts and feelings are similar to that of a human being. They should be treated with respect, as they do for us.

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