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How About Horseless Carriages?

Written by PETA | April 18, 2008

Some traditions, regardless of how much fun they may have seemed a hundred years ago, need to just go ahead and die. And any “tradition” that involves beating and abusing living beings needs to do so sooner rather than later. Of course that doesn’t always mean you have to stop doing something you were way into—it just means you have to stop doing the part of it that was stupid and ill-thought-out in the first place. People who can’t live without old-timey rides in New York City, for instance, can still have them after we win our campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city. As this recent article in The New York Post explains in more detail, we want the city’s politicians to replace the carriages with “green” replicas of antique cars like the Ford Model T. I’m way into the idea. What do you think?

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  • cat lover says:

    what about the AMISH.should they walk to town each monthand carry supplies back on their back? would you walk if thats all you had? yeah sure you would.

  • Dawn says:

    “I love Horses” but after reading all the reports it sounds like you all need to teach people how to drive Horse drawn carriages are not the problem. Accidents happen all the time with or without the Horse variable. Having never been in contact with the Amish I have no idea how they treat their horses that might be another issue all together. A simple solution would be to have stricter laws protecting Horses who work for their living with regular inspections health checks and restrictions associated with overwork and exposure to inclement weather. I love Horses and I’m sure a lot of the individuals who prefer to make their living with Horses and People in the City also love Horses and who would also appreciate if everyone took as good care of their Horses and Rigs as they do. Blinkers are a good way to keep a horse from spooking also appropriate training to keep the animals from being gun shy would also benefit the Horse Owner and Passengers. Or better yet designate a safety lane for the Horse drawn carriage as they do for car pool vehicles. There are many solutions when you stop pointing fingers and try to see things from every perspective. Why not take into consideration People who want to visit and see your fair cities in a relaxed manner who enjoy open air conversation and find the sweet rhythm of our four legged friends soothing. With these fuel prices exceeding my budget I would hate to think that an alternative such as a Horse drawn carriage would no longer be a transportation option or outlawed as so many of our personal freedoms have become.

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  • Kristen says:

    Yes I agree that horse drawn carriages should be completely banned from NYC the amish etc. My grandmother drove amish and some really are sweet people however it makes me sick that they force their horses to take them everywhere and then when they die while going somewhere that they just pull them to the side of the road and leave them there. I was coming home from breakfast this morning and saw one lying on the side of the road and it made me want to cry because the horse was not old enough to have just died from old age its obvious it was just too much for it. I think with all the animal abuse laws and things like this that it should have been banned a long time ago. I think the majority of amish are hypocrites. They don’t believe in driving however they’ll pay people to drive them around. I’ve seen amish with cell phones tvs etc. So how does this justify their actions. I think an animals that carries you around to everywhere you need to go deserves at least an appropriate barriel or something rather than rotting along side the road. I can only hope one day someone realizes the cruelty and injustice going on and does something about it.

  • lynda downie says:

    Not a bad idea J.

  • Tairyn says:

    The amish are notorious for animal abuse i dont think it is “destroying a culture” as much as it would be educating a people who could really use it to save animals from being abused overworked and an untimely death at the hands of ignorant people…

  • J says:

    What about the Amish? Do we ban them too… destroy a culture to save a horse?

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Excellent suggestion PETA especially if the cars are “green”. Can they make convertable ones for summer? This would replicate the horse drawn carriage experience beautifully sans the animal abuse. What could be better?

  • Antigone1000 says:

    I think that’s a really good idea. What about the horses though? Are there any plans in the works for retirement homes for them once they are no longer working?

  • MeL says:

    How about a rikshaw?

  • ellac says:

    can’t they just walk around on foot? good exercise too.. and no exhaust fumes too to boot! it must be very alarming for the poor horses to share the same road side as automobiles.. not to mention dangerous too.. I agree horse drawn carriages are a ‘thing of the past’.. we are not still in the ‘Victorian’ ERA !!

  • Paul Calpin says:

    Those are great. My wife and I rode on one like that in San Diego. They are a lot of fun. The Strasburg Railroad a steam tourist railroad in Pennsylvania uses old Ford Model T pickups for their staff to drive around in picking up mtrash or delivering supplies from one side of the complex to the other. They NEVER used horses there themselves. Amish teens used to offer Buggy rides from the railroad property back in the 1960’s but that was banned by the railroad in 1970. If only the REST of Lancaster County could follow the Strasburg Railroad’s lead…….where the only hose…is an IRON HORSE!!!!!!!! Paul

  • Laura Michot says:

    My idea if they want to stick with tradition Robotic Horses… What? They already have robot bears and dinosaurs being sold in toy stores… why not? They could program in the “clipclop clipclop” sound…

  • Canaduck says:

    I think that would be fun. I’ve always wanted to ride in one of those old cars. I always wanted to ride in a horse and carriage too until I realized how cruel it was.

  • kelly says:

    This is a really good idea the “horse and carriage” thing is so old anyway. It’s like NYC can’t move out of the Eighties with that crap This is a great way

  • Alexandra from Brazil says:

    If the argument to defend the tradition was valid slavery would never have been abolished.

  • keith says:

    Brilliant idea Jack will go down a treat with tourists. who crave some of the landmark inventions of the USA.