Is a horse-drawn school bus a good thing or not?


17th January 2020

AN interesting row has broken out in France, pitching environmental action against animal rights.

It started when councillors in Rouen approved a plan to replace a school bus with a horse-drawn carriage. Even though the scheme would reduce emissions and the carriage has an electric motor to help it up hills, one couple said it was cruel and started a petition against it. Stessy and Manu Tritz say that horses shouldn’t have to “sacrifice their wellbeing” for environmental improvements and that “animal exploitation cannot be a solution” to mankind’s problems.

Is a horse-drawn school bus a good thing or not?


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cookieoreo · 2 years ago

I don't think this is a good thing because I think the poor horses would feel tired after taking all the children to and from school. I don't think you would like it if anyone asked you to take children on your backs!!! I think this is animal cruelty!! Also, the horse poo will smell!!!

delealli · 2 years ago

It wouldn’t be very kind to the horses because I’m pretty sure they won’t like it. Also, the people on the carriage would get quite cold.

delealli · 2 years ago

First to comment and thanks for putting my last week’s comment in the paper. 🙃

grookster · 2 years ago

I think as long as the horses are treated well it's a good improvement to help stop climate change,but we need to make sure all animals are treated well to make it work.

asbml · 2 years ago

Good thing because :
-no fuel but
Bad thing because:
- sorry for animal
-breed for more
-let out 'certain' types of gas...

trainman12 · 2 years ago

***First on to comment***

trainman12 · 2 years ago

I think we should all have horse drawn school buses, yet they would be slow. They would also be harming animals, yet the planet needs less pollution in. Did you know that it is healthier for our bodies if we wake at 6.00am or early. This is a win-win situation.
1) Less pollution.
2) Healthier bodies.

evildino · 2 years ago

Horses have been bred to have jobs and help humans! Many of them really enjoy having a purpose & are dying out (at risk of becoming extinct) because they don’t have jobs in the modern world. Taking kids to school would be a good way for them to have a purpose & might also help people learn and interact with horses more which can be very therapeutic.

ameliau · 2 years ago

i think it is a good thing because it is better for the enviroment. #first to comment

sambrophy · 2 years ago

I agree that there should be an environmentally-friendly way of transport, but they could just buy electric or hybrid buses in order to prevent animal exploitation as well.

guest_360 · 2 years ago

1st tocomment

pawsomecat · 2 years ago

Its a good thing because its good for the environment 🐴

gg123 · 2 years ago

I feel like it is and it isn't fair because it cuts down on emissions but horses shouldn't have to do that. Also, there are plenty of other ways that you can cut down on emissions and not have to make horses do that.

anju-fnews · 2 years ago

I'm not really sure but I went with that it was a bad thing because on one hand we shouldn't use animals cruelly for labour On the other hand, the amount of pollution released will be reduced

mhkmal · 2 years ago

I think it is a good thing because it helps with the environment and looks really fun 😀however it may not be safe for young children as there are limited adults.

reader108 · 2 years ago

Some horses are bred to pull carriages and if they didn't that breed would die out, so by having a horse-drawn school bus, that is helping reduce carbon emmisions as well as helping horses out!

hiimaperso · 2 years ago

First comment boi

neiljunior · 2 years ago

There is definitely another way to stop climate change with out forcing horses 🐴 to pull us around . What if You were a horse 🐎 how would you feel if you had to pull people around all day.🤔 you could just use an electric car 🚙 instead or you could walk, scoot or cycle 🚲

catonclan · 2 years ago

te a few of the worlds issues including pollution

remi27 · 2 years ago

This is a horrible thing. I can see the logic of saving pollution and helping climate change. This is animal cruelty and should be illegal. It would stink. How would you feel if you were told that you had to drag 15 children to school twice a day. A much better solution would be to organise a walking bus.

panu · 2 years ago

Horse poo would smell and you would be tiring horses, also it could take a long time depending on their energy.
normal buses would release to much greenhouse gasses and would be bat for the planet.

bamboomilk · 2 years ago

I think both because it is WAY more environmentally friendly than busses but also people should let the horses run wild. I voted no, I wish I said yes though now, because if the horses did that they would be helping the environment too, which would be helping them.

bamboomilk · 2 years ago

Also, by the way, when you say it would hurt the horses, it wouldn't, because that was only back in the old days when they got whipped.

kitizu · 2 years ago

This idea seems fundamentally flawed, as not only is this harsh on the horses, but electric batteries are still far from good for the environment! They should instead invest time into cars with alternative eco-friendly fuels.

ioloallen · 2 years ago

cookleoreo you are right they are abusing the horse. i hate it when people abuse animals because i am a animal lover. peta shall put this as a article.

narwhals · 2 years ago

Nope cause loads of houses were illtreated so they should concentrate on electric cars 🚗

misspops · 2 years ago

I think it is a bad idea because you don’t have as much room as a bus. Even though it is better for the environment, a bus would still take cars off the road.

piggyo5 · 2 years ago

I think it's a good and bad idea. It could be a good thing because it is better for the enviorement as we are not using cars. However it could be bad incase the horses don't get treated well.

wireskid · 2 years ago

They should really just use an electric bus because the poor horses would just get tired, but a normal bus would just be bad for the environment but we are so high tech, we have electric cars so simply extent an electric car to an electric bus. To agree with me comment:

unicorn36 · 2 years ago

I don't think it is a good thing because the horse would get tired and it is unreliable because if the horse gets frightened it could bolt and cause an accident

unicorn36 · 2 years ago


cutiecat · 2 years ago


though it is good for the environment

dog_lover · 2 years ago

Some people may say its cruelty to animals

lindawalla · 2 years ago

I said it's a bad thing because it's cruel to the horses and we shouldn't force them to pull big school buses.

avinash.e · 2 years ago

Horses are animals and so are we. We share 98% of our DNA with animals. So, would we like being ridden on? No

pashaedg · 2 years ago

This is a tough one 🤘

ocean32 · 2 years ago

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pacybits20 · 1 year ago

I think it's a good idea because when you're going on the carriage being pulled by the horse you can stroke it and help it out by brushing it if you go and visit him at his stable and it might cheer people up.

edmonds123 · 1 year ago

Thik about the poor horse

katkid10 · 1 year ago

I think that it is a good thing because:
1. It is eco-friendly
2. WE have LOADS of horses in the UK
3. People can interact with other animals.

emilynight · 12 months ago

I go horse riding and it’s dangerous because if the horse gets spooked u could get seriously injured 🤕

panda89 · 12 months ago

that just sounds crazzeeeeeeee

panda89 · 12 months ago

#wat about the poor horses

fierygirl · 11 months ago

I think this is a bad thing because horses should be able to live a decent life, just like the human population.

rhubarbf · 7 months ago

I think that it is a good idea, it is better for the environment and more fun, yet it would also be important that they have a nice plays to rest after drawing a school bus.

weirdcat · 6 months ago COULD be a good thing if the horses are treated properly and not overworked, but that's not the case most of the time with similar issues.