If you’ve ever visited New York City, chances are you’ve been to Central Park, or somewhere in Midtown, and considered riding a horse-drawn carriage while you take in the sights. Maybe you did take that ride. Maybe you even looked at the beautiful horses and wondered if they were alright tromping around on pavement…but ultimately came to the conclusion that, of course, they have to be okay because the city allows it. Right?
It seems like a fun family activity…
Or a romantic gesture…
But the truth is, the 220 or so NYC carriage horses are living torturous lives.
The creatures aren’t meant to live or work in these conditions. They’re easily spooked: car horns, giant busses, bikers whizzing past…they’re all huge triggers to these poor animals.
Too many horses have died in this line of work.
On October 23, 2011, Charlie dropped dead on 54th Street while lugging a carriage around Manhattan.
Luke passed out on 60th Street that same year.
He lay there for 15 minutes while the busy traffic passed by like nothing happened.
You wouldn’t feed your pup his dinner off the side of a filthy street while cars sped by, would you?
This arrangement is dangerous to the horses and to us.
Horses have been known to bolt down streets out of fear, carriage drivers are responsible for countless hit-and-runs, and bicyclists and pedestrians have been struck by horses that aren’t used to this kind of environment. Horses have gone “missing,” or have been killed after mysterious injuries.
You can join the fight against this cruelty, and learn more about it here.
No animal should live like this. There is no reason to keep these horses on the streets and let them be overworked and pass out in the heat just for tourist enjoyment. This is a good petition to start with, but you can also write to your city counselor here.
It’s also extremely important to let people know that this abuse is going on, so please share this news with as many people as possible.