Former Mayor Bill DeBlasio campaigned on the promise that he would get rid of the carriage horses in Manhattan, and replace them with electric antique cars that the former carriage horse drivers could use to take tourists around Central Park and the city. But he never did.
And this is the result.
According to eye witnesses. the carriage driver was whipping the downed horse, trying to get him up. Fortunately, the NYPD mounted unit arrived and sprayed the heat-exhausted horse with water and eventually were able to get him up. Not only was he suffering from heat exhaustion, the veterinarian said the horse had contracted EPM, a serious disease that is treatable, but the horse should not be in work during treatment.
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.
Incidents like the one above are not all that rare.
According to NYCLASS.ORG NYC carriage horses routinely work at least 9 hours a day (though many work longer as the rule is not enforced), pulling a vehicle that weighs hundreds of pounds not counting the passengers, on hard pavement, while breathing exhaust fumes 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.
Yes, spooked, and anything can spook them – flashing lights, loud noises, masses of people. Sounds like all the elements of a city, right? Like, exactly where they should not be. Oh and get this. When they can’t work anymore Â they’re auctioned off and inhumanely slaughtered into horse meat and sold in Mexico and Canada.
The horses suffer and people are endangered too. Horses get spooked easily and can run into traffic. In New York there have been 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.
These beautiful creatures are not housed in barns or anything else that would actually make sense. NO – they’re housed in old tenement buildings where they’re forced up stairs (yes, stairs) and into small areas where they are unable to lay down to sleep.
Below video shows a carriage horse collapsing in New York Citys Central Park . She was later euthanized and her death has reignited calls to ban horse carriages in the city.
Some of the carriage drivers are abusive as well, like the woman driver heard in the below video:
“He (the horse) is a little shit. Like he’ll get the the point where I ask him to walk, you know, to step up and walk on, and he’ll get like “no” and he’ll start to jack knife on me. And I gotta hit the brake and whip the shit out of him.”
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