Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A note from our friends at PeTA

Dear kind readers,

Manila’s streets are congested with cars, taxis, jeepneys, tricycles, motorbikes, emergency vehicles ... and horses. One of these does not belong.

Horses forced to pull carriages (kalesa) endure debilitating leg problems from pounding the hard pavement and develop respiratory ailments from inhaling exhaust fumes. They work in sweltering heat with little access to shade, rest, or water and must constantly attempt to weave between vehicles, often becoming spooked by loud noises on the streets. People and horses have been seriously injured or killed when frightened horses have bolted. When not hauling heavy loads, these horses are confined to cramped stalls in which they are unable to turn around, stretch their legs, or even lie down comfortably.

Photo: Benson Kua/Flickr

Because they are constantly walking and standing on hard streets, “lameness and hoof deterioration are inevitable” in horses who pull carriages, says equine expert and veterinarian Holly Cheever. “The problems are worsened by the inexperience of the gross majority of the owners and drivers, who are either incapable of recognizing lameness ... or are unwilling to suffer financial loss by removing a horse from service for a few days.”

Photo: Your Urban Connection/Flickr

What You Can Do?

Never patronize horse-drawn carriage businesses in Manila or anywhere else, and explain to family and friends why they shouldn’t, either. If you see a sick, injured, abused, or dying horse or any other suffering animal, please call us immediately at 0999-888-7382 or e-mail us at:

Thank you for caring and for taking action!

Yours truly,

The PeTA Asia-Pacific Team

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