Sunday, August 21, 2011
July 27, 2011 at the hack line near the Plaza Hotel in New York City. If tourists knew the dangers of this scenario to horses and people, taking a ride would not be an option.
Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage. This does not include the billions of fish and other aquatic animals killed annually.
This is it! Another horse suffering a needless and horrifying death. I will never visit New York again until horse-carriages are banned. I urge everyone to call or write the Mayor of New York and tell him he will be losing a lot of tourism dollars because of this.
Marcela D's comment on the Web site of the Toronto Humane Society, in September 2007 following the death of the NYC carriage horse Smoothie.
Read an article from the Toronto Humane Society following the Feb. 7, 2008 death of Clancy, a New York carriage horse. It asks a pointed question: “Mayor Bloomberg, you've cut off these poor horses from city water, where are they getting their water from???”
Read an expert opinion on the plight of NYC carriage horses. Holly Cheever, DVM, writes of "unexplained deaths" and "grim conditions."
High incidence of misidentifications. The same ID# referring to different horses each year is evidence of "switching" horses--or very bad record-keeping.
of a New York City carriage horse (New York Times, 2007)
"Shame on NYC, one of the most beautiful cities in the world in my opinion. It would be nice if NYC would take a stand on cruelty to animals as many people look to NY and its residents as exemplars. Take a stand, NYC, and stop this cruelty. People should picket.
New York City Horse Carriage Blog post on the Web site of the Toronto Humane Society (1/29/08)
”Another N.Y. carriage horse death underscores the need for a city-wide ban on carriage horses,” a Humane Society of the United States news release says following the death in February 2008 of Clancy.
Nationwide, it's impossible to know how many work-related horse deaths have happened over the years; many aren't reported publicly, and carriage operators are wary of bad press. Whatever the number, animal advocates and medical professionals agree on one thing: an urban setting is not the place for horse-drawn carriages. Newsweek Web exclusive (2007)
"Stall confinement contributes to colic, and exacerbates arthritis because of lessened joint lubrication, and in addition, soft tissue injuries ‘freeze up.’ This is not too dissimilar to how you feel after sitting here for four hours.”
--Nancy Loving, DVM