Below are some ideas of how to construct an email for print for the Mayor. It can be as simple as 2 sentences, or as long as you like. The politicians in Mexico are mostly bi-lingual, Spanish/English, so if you write en Espanol, es beuno too !
What I don't want to do is create a form for you to copy and submit, as that can be misconstrued as me trying to sway people to think exactly as I do. Write how YOU feel about the situation- my opinions may differ from others - some want watering troughs installed and places for shade, and much MUCH shorter hour days, some want them off the streets completely (a ban - as the law does state) and some admit they have never been to Cozumel, but after knowing what they know now, they will not visit until the horses are gone from the streets.
Either way, be honest with what you feel -
Below I am inserting some actual letters I have received, minus the names of who wrote them for extra help:
There is nothing "romantic" about starved, miserable animals pulling tourists along in carts. It is pathetic and heart-wrenching. Most people nowadays are sensitive to animal suffering, especially when it so obvious. So, it is very negative publicity for Cozumel. For me, personally, and many of my friends a reason NOT to visit.
If the Mayor of Cozumel wants to attract tourists, then give these poor horses to sanctuary and instead offer bicycles for two with a canopy. Many tourist places in Europe offer them. Much nicer, fun, animal-friendly and the people who own the carriage horses will continue to have an income.
We do not understand how a government can look away at the suffering of the horses in Cozumel. Why should, or shall we say. how could we ever think of visiting Cozumel - - having to see these mistreated animals? A vacation for us is one where we can relax and not have any stress. Certainly seeing this absolute animal abuse is not our idea of what we look for. Horses are intelligent, feeling beings.
I AM APPALLED BY THE TREATMENT OF CARRIAGE HORSES ON THE STREETS OF COZUMEL.I AM MORE APPALLED THAT THEY ARE NOT OBEYING THEIR VERY OWN LAWS.I WILL NOT VISIT THERE UNTIL THEY ARE OFF THE STREETS. ANIMAL CRUELTY WILL NOT BE
Thank you for taking a stance against the horrible abuse against carriage horses in the town of Cozumel, Mexico. I agree with you 100%. We were in Cozumel in November 2010, and will be returning there on future cruises in 2011 and 2012, and until these poor creatures are removed from the streets of Cozumel we WILL NOT DISEMBARK FROM THE CRUISE SHIP WHILE HORSES ARE ABUSED AND ON THE STREETS OF COZUMEL. Our tourist dollars will not aide this town while this abuse continues and their OWN LAWS ARE OVERLOOKED.
Good luck with your quest to have these poor animals saved from these horrific conditions. I will support you in whatever way I can.
Mexico is a great Place for Americans to visit year round due to convenience and great price, Cozumel being one of those places for me and my family and many of my friends. I know many who especially like Cozumel for the excellent diving opportunities it allows.
However, Please note, I will not be going back to Cozumel until the Carriage Horses are banned. Many Americans are huge animal lovers, they save year round and work hard to earn enough money to visit Cozumel and then their trip is ruined by the extreme abuse and neglect given to the Carriage horses. It is heartbreaking and devastating. I am making sure all my friends and family (who have not seen this first hand) know about this situation and have seen all the pictures circulating. They will not be coming back either.
We will keep a mindful watch on Cozumel in hopes someone will stand up for the dying and abused Horses---Once we see someone has taken care, we will be coming back to your Beautiful Island.
Please add my email to the effort to stop the horse carriages in Cozumel. I love Cozumel and I believe our leaders will eventually do the right thing in this case, if enough people care and act. I will be even more proud of my government and my community when this important and humane legislation is finally passed and enforced. Thank you for your efforts.