Written by PETA
It's bad enough to
be forced to pull heavy carriages in all weather extremes through New York
City's busy, exhaust-filled streets, but a necropsy
on Charlie, the horse who collapsed and died while "working" last
week, found that he also suffered from painful stomach ulcers and a cracked
death sparked renewed calls for a ban on cruel horse-drawn carriages
in New York, including a letter from Glee star Lea Michele asking
Mayor Michael Bloomberg to support a bill to end the rides. Bloomberg's comments on Charlie's
death have been astonishingly cold-hearted: "Like everyone,
eventually they die," he said. "Some die on the streets."
Charlie is the
latest victim of an industry
that exploits animals in order to turn a buck despite increasing opposition
from the public and lawmakers. There have been countless incidents
resulting in injuries to and the deaths of both horses and people when horses used
for carriage rides become spooked and bolt into traffic or when carriages
Whether you're a
resident or a potential tourist, please tell New York City lawmakers
that you support Intro. Bill 86, which would ban horse-drawn carriages and
replace them with eco-friendly
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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