Dozens of Stars Join PETA Push for Ban After New York Horse Collapse
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August 17, 2022
Robin Goist 202-483-7382
New York – Outrageous! No more cruelty in a horse-drawn carriage! That’s the message Hollywood A-listers are sharing en masse with their millions of social media followers after yet another horse was forced to pull a carriage in the heat.
Model Kendall Jenner; actors Kaley Cuoco, Joey Kingand Taryn Manning; comedians Ricky Gervais and Nikki Glaser; reality tv star Heather Rae El Moussa; artist Holy Hoax; and other stars were all moved by images of a horse collapsing on a busy New York street only to be slapped, whipped and yelled at by the carriage driver. As a result, hundreds of millions of people have now seen the horrifying video and more than 95,000 PETA supporters have petitioned New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.
“After watching this horse crumble on hot pavement and take a beating, Hollywood’s biggest stars are spearheading change for horses and rallying their hundreds of millions of fans,” said Lisa Lange, Senior Vice President of PETA. “With this star power backing PETA’s proposed ban, all eyes are on New York City to replace horses with modern electric cars.”
Jenner had posted images of the tragedy with the caption “stop it now” for her 254 million Instagram followers; Gervais wrote: “So [expletive] sad” at PETA on Twitter; and Cuoco concluded on Instagram, “We are better than this. You are better than that.
PETA has joined New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) and other local advocates in calling on the city to end cruelty. Horses suffer when they are forced to pull oversized loads, toil in all weathers, dodge traffic and pound the pavement all day. They can develop respiratory ailments from breathing in car exhaust and can suffer debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. There have also been numerous incidents where cars have been hit by impatient or careless drivers. Such accidents have happened in almost every city where horse-drawn carriage rides are allowed.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals do not belong to us to be used for entertainment or abuse in any other way” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.