CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hello, I know it’s Monday and the start of another work week for so many of us.
I did. I urge you to sign it too, and write from the heart. The Petition states:
Big John is a 22+ year old Belgian Draft who works for the owners of Charleston Carriage Works. He is considered a senior, yet still pulls carts day in and day out for visitors of downtown Charleston. As most are aware, Big John was filmed lying flat out on the pavement about a week ago. Evidence points to exhaustion but the owners are saying he tripped and fell. The summer is approaching and this is the roughest time of year for these carriage horses.
Rancho Relaxo is a 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue in New Jersey who focuses on saving slaughterbound horses as well as helping with the retirement of work horses. This is one of many causes that Rancho Relaxo is passionate about.
Today, Rancho Relaxo has opened their hearts and barn doors to Big John. They are offering a beautiful and safe place for him to retire.
Alisha R. who signed the Petition added:
I spoke to a Charleston carriage driver who told me a horse collapsed and they have been getting harassed by people ever since. Later I find out there have been at least 3 in the last week. I always thought of these horses as working in harsh conditions because of the heat index alone. I agree, they need to be off these streets.
Charleston carriage horses collapsing seem to be a common occurrence.
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I signed the Petition. Please retire Big John https://goo.gl/QgrsY0 #charleston #bigjohn #@Live5News
In the meantime, check out the media poll results below.
Big John collapses. USA Today.
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