Grab, the maker of a popular car-booking app in the Philippines, recently announced that it will be offering the option to request cruel kalesa rides—that is, horse-drawn carriage rides—around Manila’s historical Intramuros district this weekend.
Watch the video below to find out how horses who are forced to cart tourists around suffer, and then tweet Grab Philippines to let it know that horse-drawn carriages are nothing more than accidents waiting to happen.
Tweet Grab Philippines @grabph and ask them not support cruel kalesa rides!
Forcing horses to pull oversized loads isn’t romantic—it’s cruel. Horses are made to toil in the searing heat, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. Amid the plethora of vehicles, they have to pull heavy carriages merely to fulfill tourists’ notions of a historic cultural experience. These gentle animals suffer from respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they develop debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. Some horses have even dropped dead from heatstroke. Horses will continue to endure pain and suffer until people stop supporting this horrific industry.
Intramuros is Metro Manila’s top tourist destination, but there are other ways to get around this historic center, such as by hiring a tricycle or walking. If Grab cares about animals, it will do the right thing and offer the option to request tricycle rides at the touch of a button, instead of causing horses to suffer.
People around the world are increasingly recognizing that it’s the carriage industry (and now Grab)—not just the horses—taking them for a ride. Never patronize carriage rides, and explain to family and friends why they shouldn’t, either.
Tweet Grab Philippines @grabph and ask the company not support cruel kalesa rides!
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