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NYC ‘Lays Down’ the Law for Horses

Written by PETA | April 15, 2010


Well, it’s not the law of our dreams, but we’re happy to report that one part of a bill that has just been passed in New York City (and maybe just the one part) should improve living conditions for horses who are used to pull carriages. Under the new legislation, carriage operators are required to provide horses with larger stalls in which they can finally turn around and lie down (the current stalls couldn’t be smaller unless you built them through the horses’ flanks) as well as to allow the horses to come off the roads and spend five weeks out of every year at a stable with a paddock or a pasture.

A hike in fares has also been enacted. It probably won’t make a difference, but it might decrease the number of misguided tourists who want to take horses for a ride. After all, it’s the animals who pay the ultimate price in this money-hungry industry: Horses are forced to pull heavy loads in all weather extremes while walking on hard pavement, dodging loud traffic, and inhaling exhaust fumes that cause damage to their lungs comparable to that which heavy smokers experience. Does that sound even remotely romantic to you?

Anyone who has seen or thought about this wretched excuse for amusement knows that it’s past time for the horse-drawn carriage industry to be put out to pasture permanently. Tel Aviv has done it, and now it’s time for New York to do it. Please join us in asking New York City officials to ban horse-drawn carriages as a blight on the city. Thanks!

Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth

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  • Jay says:

    And Central Park? NY without these horse carriages it’s a beautiful timetravel! Thank you for giving the horses more rights but please don’t ban them totally because it’s important to live with the animals not to keep them out of sight in the name of compassion everyone expects from the next generations we should learn to live more with animals not less!!!!!!!

  • Mara says:

    Small steps lead to bigger more dramatic laws pertaining to baning the horse drawn carriages in NYC. These poor horses

  • Utopaline says:

    Rachel PETA deems every act of cruelty to animals as a “pressing” matter. They also focus on every act that they can. PETA is a huge group of people all working together to help all animals they have time for the horses and the slaughter houses. Don’t worry they will continue to help all. WAY TO GO PETA any “win” is a step in the right direction

  • marinda says:

    If only the people that own these horses realise that just a small adjustment will mean so much for these poor horses. why work them for full days etc. Why not just let them work for 2 hours and not pull too heavy carts. restricting them to walking in parks etc. If they do not want to stop this then atleast be humane about it…. Why do people have to go on cart through the city??

  • Patricia A. Blea says:

    Ban horse drawn carriages

  • Rachel says:

    Good. Although I don’t believe this is the most pressing issue on the hands of PETA and in my opnion they should spend more time working against slaughterhouses the fur trade etc.

  • Janet says:

    I guess baby steps are better than no steps at all.