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Another Horse Drops in NYC

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | December 6, 2011

Update: Another horse collapsed in Hemet, California, after participating in a Christmas parade. The horse—who is now recovering—got spooked and took off down the street, running over the driver and striking light poles and parked cars before collapsing.

The following posted 12/5/2011

Another horse pulling a carriage fell to the street in New York City this weekend, and a spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York admitted that it “is quite common” for horses to catch their hooves on uneven pavement.

Considering that four horses have now collapsed—and at least one has died—in New York City in the last six weeks, it is outrageous for the industry and city officials to continue to downplay the risks.

Please click here to ask the New York City Council to vote “Yes” on Intro 86A, which would replace living, breathing animals with eco-friendly antique cars, before any more horses collapse on the streets of New York.

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  • RDS says:

    I always hate to see horse drawn carriages. We now have at least one in my small city of Fort Myers, Florida. It is so wrong to profit from the misery of defenseless animals.

  • christiane prével says:

    I’m french! france is a shame for goose-feeding and corridas! horses carriages in NY is also! all maltreatments to the animals, in the whole world, is unbearable!!!

  • Naturalhorsemanship says:

    Oh wow, that sucks. =/

  • Liz says:

    @Jennifer. I read the story about the horse, Credit Card and it brought tears to my eyes. It absolutely evil what some people would do out of revenge, especially to an innocent creature. I can’t, however, agree with your entire comment. Horses in the city are not happy beings. How could they be? They are tied to a heavy carriage day after day, in all weather conditions, on noisy, busy, traffic ridden streets; some go for long periods without food or water, with their hooves banging against hard pavement all day. It makes me wonder, have they ever been able to run? Have they ever been able to feel grass under their feet? To be outside without being tied to a cart and have blinders strapped to their faces? The city is no place for an animal that size, and while attention needs to be focused on those who wish to harm the innocent creatures of this world, forcing an animal into a loud and nervous environment is wrong on so many levels. These creatures deserve to be cared for and protected, not to be exploited and profited from. I mean no disrespect, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I hope you can understand that even though these animals aren’t being brutalized like Credit Card, they are still being harmed in other ways.

  • Jennifer says:

    I have owned horses for 20 of my 25 years here on earth and do you know how many of them have tripped and fell with me on there backs?? every single one of them……it happens. Carriage horses are treated better than most horses in our country. You are worried about a well taken care of horse in NYC that has a job?? Why dont you worry about the poor family who is missing their “Credit Card”…..that situation deserves PETAs attention. That poor horse “Credit Card” was shot, had its throat slit and cut up into small pieces to dispose of the body by a 19 year old girl in Arkansas……that is where our attention needs to be right now!!

  • BarrelRacer2526 says:

    Horses Don’t always need to lay down to sleep! GET YOU FACTS RIGHT!!!!! And plus back in the old days the horses were used for working on farms and going in to town. Horses are not LAZY they need something to do unlike some of todays Kids!

  • Christine Desjarlais says:

    This is how the most powerfull country in the world treats man’s second best friend…Scary

  • Liz says:

    A beautiful thing happened to me over the weekend… My boyfriend and I were in the city this past Saturday for a concert. We had a few hours to kill so we decided to take a walk in Central Park. As we approached the entrance to the park, we saw at least 5 or 6 horse drawn carriages lined up on the side of the road. We stopped by a food cart near the horses and what I saw and heard was unbelievable. Almost every single person that walked past the line up started booing and insulting the drivers! Even children were calling them mean and asking them why they hurt the horses. The utter disapproval of the carriages was incredible, and it didn’t stop there! After our concert, we started walking back to Penn Station and low and behold, an empty carriage near a sidewalk. As we walked past the carriage, almost as if it had been rehearsed, everyone in the vicinity was booing! Not loud enough to startle the horse, but loud enough that it made the driver uncomfortable, because he quickly left. It amazed me how a group of strangers all stopped in their tracks to lightly protest what they were seeing. All were upset by the sight of these beautiful creatures standing out in the cold, waiting to drag a heavy cartful of fools around the noisy city. It makes me hopeful that the end of this cruel practice is coming. Seeing so many more people against horse drawn carriage than those who support is definitely a big deal!!

  • Xénia Edvinsson says:

    It is heartbreaking that this was allowed to happen! It is inhuman to treat these horses this way. Put a stop to horse-drawn carriages!!

  • SUSAN says:

    THIS IS WRONG AND UNCOMPASSIONATE TREATMENT OF HORSES!

  • Realtor Web Design says:

    Oh this is bad situation for horses.I feel very sad about this.From now on wards i did’t ride on horses.Thank you very much for your blogging.

  • Tara Woolridge says:

    It’s terrible that these horses aren’t protected by law. This kind of thing should not be allowed to happen in this time of awareness of the needs of animals. Disgraceful!

  • Beatriz Lavagnino says:

    SALVAJES, DESCONSIDERADOS, NO TIENEN AMOR POR NADA NI POR NADIE. PERO SI LAS LEYES NO CAMBIAN A FAVOR DE LOS ANIMALES NO PASARA NADA. PERO LA LEY ESTA CIEGA E INDIFERENTE. YA LA PAGARAN TODOS LOS INDIFERENTES.

  • angry mike says:

    This is nothing if what I heard is true. The Obama administration has made it legal to slaughter horses for human consumption? I hope this isn’t true!

  • angry mike says:

    This is nothing if what I heard is true. The Obama administration has made it legal to slaughter horses for human consumption? I hope this isn’t true!

  • Susan Bienvenu says:

    Please. Stop this. Where is the decency and compassion? Gone, in the shadow of money.

  • Pamela Page says:

    Please – enough, enough, enough. I will not spend my tourist dollars in NYC until this cruel practice is stopped for good.

  • John P. says:

    Absolutely Horrible. This is NO way for these beautiful animals to live :(

  • CL says:

    Horse drawn carriages are outdated and cruel.

  • DEBRA RANDOLPH says:

    I ALWAYS WANTED TO RIDE ON ONE OF THOSE CARRIAGES, BUT NOT NOW, ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY, YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD BE PAMPERED & RESTED ON HOT OR VERY COLD DAYS, IF ITS TOO HOT OR TOO COLD FOR A PERSON THEN ITS THE SAME FOR AN ANIMAL, I’LL NEVER RIDE ON ONE NOW OR EVER !

  • Blakeleyyy. says:

    This is messed up. Didn’t we make cars for a reason?

  • Sherry34 says:

    Horses are on this earth to live in the wild…not for our pleasure or entertainment or meat consumption. These animals are especially not here to be placed in cities with noisy traffic conditions. Please do not patron horse drawn carriages. I have personally witnessed carriages over-loaded with heavy people and the horse struggeling to make it up hill. Lose weight by walking and not at the expense of these great animals!!!

  • Amy McCartin says:

    PLEASE STOP THIS! THESE HORSES DONT DESERVE THIS! pLEASE PUT A STOP TO HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES!!

  • Shelia says:

    Please have mercy on those horses. Money won’t get u n heaven. Compassion will

  • Arleen says:

    Enough. Does any city official (are you listening Mayor Bloomberg?) have the courage, brains or heart to stop the senseless abuse of these horses on city streets. This industry is archaic and cruel. Its time has passed. Beautiful animals are collapsing on busy city streets? What does that say about New York?

  • sandra lenart says:

    Please let these horses retire and live a simple life in the country

  • Kate M says:

    This is atrocious! Stop the slavery!

  • sara schreiber says:

    please. What will it take so see how these horses are suffering?

  • Anja says:

    vote “Yes” on Intro 86A, which would replace living, breathing animals with eco-friendly antique cars, before any more horses collapse on the streets of New York.

  • Julie Hulser says:

    This is awful, please put an end to this!!

  • Lisbet Hofman stahrenberg says:

    Please stop this terrible cruelty

  • Barbara mERTENS says:

    All of Gods creatures should be treated with respect, if we humans “make them work” then we humans should give them at least good food and a nice place to rest.

  • Deborah Salonek says:

    Stop the cruelty that these horses go through!

  • deborah draper says:

    this is a very cruel practice, humans are not allowed legally to work this amount of time so why should horses have to just because they cant speak.

  • Lisa says:

    Come on people of NYC enough is enough. You need to stop this cruelty. How many horses have to die? These beautiful animals deserve a happy life and not a life of slavery!! Come on do the right thing and stop this NOW!!

  • Ali says:

    This is just another way in which people exploit animals at the cost of their lives. Imagine the pain and torture the poor horse must have been in