OK, This is something that has bothered me for a while. Why do we still allow horse-drawn carriages in the city? This weekend, a horse died after being spooked by a drummer. I hate to hear stories like this and hate to hear of a horse being hit by a car. It's completely unnecessary to have horses pulling these carriages. I do not understand why people think that it's romantic. I've walked past the horses near Central Park and it's heartbreaking. They look so sad. They are stuck on a street with noise, cars, trucks and buses pulling a carriage. It's a freaking hard life on an animal. And where do the horses live when they're not working? In small stables on 37th street far on the West side where they can't even lie down. When the horse gets too old or weary of the street, they are replaced. If they are injured, they are replaced. What does replaced mean? Some go to good homes, but how many homes can take in a horse? So they get sent to auction and then potentially to a slaughterhouse.
It's all about the cash. It's not fair. They do not deserve to be used and treated like this.
If this is something that has bothered you, or you're just thinking about it now, please sign the Ban The Carriage Horse Industry in New York City Petition
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"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself know peace." - Albert Schweitzer.