[OFF TOPIC] New York City Judge rules in favor of Mayor De Blasio’s demand to get the Central Park Carriage Horses off the streets and into the park.
NY PostMayor de Blasio won a legal battle Wednesday in his bid to corral hansom cabs inside Central Park over the objection of a horse owner who sued to keep equines on the nearby streets where they’re more visible to potential ride hails.
“The city asserts that the purpose of this proposed change is to ‘reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic,’” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron says in the ruling.
Horses in the carriage industry are often castoffs from the harness racing industry or from Amish communities and come to the city with pre-existing health problems. They develop further health issues from walking on pavement all day and breathing exhaust from trucks, cars and buses. They work all day in freezing cold and scorching heat and they’re stored in warehouses at night.
The horses suffer and people are endangered too. Horses sometimes can run into traffic. In New York there were more than 18 accidents involving horses in the past two years. It’s a largely unregulated industry. It’s a half-hour ride for patrons, but it’s a lifetime of misery for the horses.
Carriage owners are legally allowed to work their horses 9 hours a day, seven days a week. But this rule is not enforced, so many work longer hours.
According toNYCLASS.ORG:“They routinely work at least 9 hours a day, pulling a vehicle that weighs hundreds of pounds, on hard pavement, while breathing exhaust from cars, buses and taxis. Unaccustomed to the urban environment, horses can be “spooked” easily and cause accidents that inflict great damage on vehicles, drivers and most often, the horses themselves.
This is the kind of stall the carriage horses live in when they aren’t working. No room to walk around or lay down as horses like to do for a few hours at night.
And anything can spook them – flashing lights, loud noises, masses of people, exactly where horses should not be. After all, it is no longer the 19th Century. Even worse, when they are too old or too crippled to work anymore they’re auctioned off to the ‘killers,’ where they are slaughtered for horse meat that is sold in Mexico and Canada.
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