Horse Health

In Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands, over 500 carriage horses die in a year due to abuse, heat, overloaded carriages and exhaustion


Animal rights activists protest the abuse by horse carriages of Princes’ Islands


Think twice before you jump into a horse carriage in Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands this summer, as over 500 horses die in a year due to abuse, heat, overloaded carriages and exhaustion


Most horses brought to the island are not fit for pulling the carriages, live in poor conditions, often without medical inspection (Sabah Photo)

Animal rights activists staged a protest on Sunday in front of the Princes’ Islands Pier located in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district to protest the abuse and maltreatment of horses used in the island’s landmark horse carriages.

Activists stated that over 500 horses die a year in the Islands, and using them for touristic purposes or horse carriage nostalgia is nothing but participating in the cruelty against the animals.

They asked for all horse carriages to be removed in Turkey, and asked for the visitors of the island to boycott the horse carriages.

Elif Narin, the spokesman for the group, stated that each year over 500 horses die in the islands as a result of their lungs exploding (pneumothorax) while trying to carry people on steep roads, or they are involved in accidents and abandoned to die in the woods due to their injuries.

“Despite the claims of carriage riders, we are not quarreling with anyone’s bread and butter. However, we are not on the side of cruelty. We want to say that a source of income free of cruelty and blood, and transportation without engines and abuse is possible in the Islands,” Narin said.

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5 replies »

  1. The abuse continues all over the World. I propose a World Wide Consortium for the care of all the horses, burros and other equines. Its disgusting!! But we can’t ever stop fighting for equine friends!!


  2. Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.


  3. A real tragedy to the many animals who want nothing more than to please, but are being totally taken advantage. The many deaths and suffering could be avoided with a little more compassion and respect for the lives of these innocent animals. “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is….whether its victim is human or animal…. we cannot expect things to be much better in this world” – Rachel Carson


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