Dedicated activists in Philadelphia made a very strong showing on HWCI day in June 2011. A group of nine demonstrators came out, including at least one person who is very new to the campaign (and it was her second protest of any kind, ever!) This group gave out more than 200 leaflets and had many good conversations with passersby. Phil reported an encounter in which an individual came started out defensive but listened and became very receptive to the facts, once they were presented to her: “A tourist from Lancaster County first expressed her support to two HDC drivers, then came over to berate us. She asked if we knew just how important horses were to Lancaster County, and I was able to respond with "Yes, I lived there for three years, next to an Amish farm." She hadn't expected that response, and instantly became receptive to our line of reasoning. She didn't leave a believer, but the seeds of change were taking root.”
Philadelphia’s carriage industry has made headlines that underscore the danger of putting horses into traffic. In 2010, a car crashed into a carriage, causing a chain-reaction accident that left five people and five horses hurt.
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