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Gym Owner Pumps Up the Pressure to Get Horses off City Streets

Written by PETA | August 16, 2013

After hearing Christine Quinn defend (yet again) New York City’s cruel horse-drawn carriage trade on the Morning Joe talk show, PETA supporter David Barton—who owns the überpopular David Barton gyms—dashed off an e-mail to the New York City Council Speaker reminding her that unlike other New Yorkers, the horses who are forced to pull heavy carriages don’t even have the option of stretching out their sore limbs after a grueling day’s work.

I’m sure we agree that Manhattan’s tight spaces make exercise crucial in order for New Yorkers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Only a dumbbell would differ. But after seeing you on Thursday’s Morning Joe, I’m shocked that you can’t recognize the cramped working and living conditions and painful lack of exercise afforded the city’s most bedraggled residents: the 220 horses used to lug carriages. Pulling heavy carriages is strenuous work, but it doesn’t allow the horses a chance to gallop freely as nature intended.

Horses are forced to pull heavy loads in all weather extremes for nine hours—or more—a day. Many suffer from respiratory ailments from constantly inhaling exhaust fumes and develop debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. When they’re not working, they’re warehoused in cramped stalls caked with mud and feces that, quips Barton, “make even the tiniest Hell’s Kitchen studio look luxurious.”

What You Can Do

Please join PETA, David Barton, Alec Baldwin, Miley Cyrus, Lea Michele, and other compassionate people in calling for New York City to retire horse-drawn carriages and replace them with animal-and tourist-friendly horseless carriages.

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  • Joey Yon says:

    I have no respect for the person who enjoys a carriage ride pulled by an abused animal, but I feel disgust for the city leasers that perpetuate this barbaric practice. Horses were not meant to walk on paved streets all day long. I am sure God created them for a more “natural life” not in the concrete jungle. Christine Quinn, try hauling a carriage relative to your size and see how long you will last on the city streets.

  • Maritza Garcia says:

    Animals should have rights and live their life without abuse. Animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and not anyone’s property and exploration.

  • Eemia pooligan says:

    Cruelty is never fun or romantic

  • stuart richardson says:

    i did a shoot at Disneyland recently. i was shocked and saddened to see horses pulling trains around main street (full of overweight tourists). the happiest place on earth is also a cruel place to be a horse.

    • Jaye says:

      I was at Disneyland last week and could not believe that one horse was pulling a trolley full of people. Then I saw the same horse about an hour later and noticed he had a limp to his left rear leg. I spoke to someone there and they told me they would check it out. Has PETA ever investigated this?

  • Carol McMahon says:

    I agree with David Barton and the other compassionate people in calling for horses to be given more rest, better living quarters and shorter hours. The owners should make sure the horses are seen by a vetenarian regularly and medicated or retired if lame.

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