Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: After this
latest tragic horse-drawn carriage accident, New York native Adrien Brody has thrown his support
behind PETA's campaign to get horses off New York City's streets. The Academy
Award–winning actor wrote to City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn on PETA's behalf urging her to adopt the proposed pilot program
to replace the carriages with eco-friendly replicas of classic cars. You can
read Adrien's letter here.
Originally posted August 19:
scary incident involving a horse occurred in Manhattan last week as Oreo, a horse forced to pull carriages around Central Park, panicked at the chaotic automotive traffic at Columbus
Circle and fled down Broadway, overturning the carriage, which contained the
driver and two passengers. Shocked onlookers—including Soledad O'Brien of CNN—watched as the carriage struck an object, splitting in two. Oreo was finally restrained
and tranquilized by the police.
In addition to the public danger that crashes like this pose,
as PETA has often pointed out in its campaign to help New York City's horses,
it's simply cruel to make horses pull heavy loads on hard pavement in all kinds
of weather, dodging loud traffic and inhaling exhaust fumes.
Navratilova, Pink, Kristen Johnston, and Lea Michele—have offered their support for PETA's campaign to get these anguished animals off
the mean streets of Gotham.
It's high time for the horse-drawn carriage industry to be
put out to pasture permanently. Please join PETA in asking City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support a bill seeking to replace the carriages with eco-friendly classic
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