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Watch: Horse-Drawn Carriage Driver’s Racist, Sexist Rant

Written by Michelle Kretzer | June 4, 2014

Disturbing? Yes. But surprising? Unfortunately, no.

The fact that people who are unkind to animals are often also unkind to human beings is well established. So we were disgusted but not surprised when a video hit YouTube showing New York City horse-drawn carriage driver and co-owner of Clinton Park Stables Frank Rodden spitting racist and sexist slurs at women:

The elderly woman and the Latina woman insulted by Rodden had simply expressed concern for his horse.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is also a Latina woman, and she has voiced her support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to retire the horse-drawn carriages. Today, PETA Latino sent her the video and asked her to demand a public apology from the drivers’ union.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the council has had to demand an apology from the union. Two years ago, then-Speaker Christine Quinn had to take similar action after another driver berated a mixed-race lesbian couple, calling them “f@#$ing d@ke” and “f@#$ing n@#$%.” The driver has never apologized and is still allowed to work with tourists.

You can tweet your support for Mayor de Blasio’s plan to retire the horses to sanctuaries to the mayor (@BillDeBlasio) using the hashtag #TYDeBlasio.

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  • Edwin Curtain says:

    It is RARE when a business depends on animals to generate income that the welfare of the animals comes first. The bottom line comes first and if that means a sick animal is kept working that’s the priority.
    The overwhelming greatest improvement to the treatment of horses was a result of automobiles and in particular trucks replacing them.
    Every day you will see cars and trucks being used far after their useful life – it used to be horses.

  • barbara elias says:

    He does not deserve a rat never mind a horse. I feel so sorry for what he will do to the horse now. I hope someone is looking into what he will do

  • CAROL says:

    DISGUSTING THAT LIVE ANMALS ARE BEING ENTANGLED WITH TRAFFIC! THAT CITY HAS NUMEROUS PARKS, WHY NOT KEEP HORSEDRAWN VEHICLES OFF THE PUBLIC STREETS AND ON PARK TRAILS, NOT CONCRETE BUT DIRT….

  • Glynis Martin says:

    If this is how he treats people, can you even imagine how he treats his horses?

  • Janet Fornier says:

    In days gone by horse drawn vehicles were a neccessity and the horses were treasured and mostly cared for, although someime not wo. but today we do not deen to torture these magnificent animals by forcing them to share the streets with vehicles and all fort money You are dispicable people

  • Janice Downie says:

    A lot of people think horse drawn carriages are quaint. It is through Peta’s efforts that they are getting an insight into what it means for the horse. Keep up the good work !! Each person who now looks at this from the horse’s perspective is a small win for animal rights !

  • Soi says:

    The man is a bully and an idiot!

  • Anita says:

    Ignorant people do ignorant things. Angry people take their anger out on others, Cruel people are mentally disturbed. These people should not be allowed around children or animals.

  • TFM says:

    Frank Rodden proves once again that ignorance and hatred are alive and well.

  • A.L.F. Kuba says:

    Racism, Sexism, Speciesism are all base on the same principal, might is right.

  • Gabriela Klacansky says:

    He is as ugly as he is stupid

  • Mrs. Jane Rita says:

    “THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  • beth martin says:

    HE IS AFRAID TO BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS $$$$$$$ ITS ALL HE IS ABOUT!! NEW YORKERS NEED TO STEP THIS UP ASAP! WISH I WOULD STILL LIVE THERE, I WOULD MAKE EVERY SIGN AND RECRUIT MANY COMMUNITIRS NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES. NEW YORKERS NEED TO PUT HIM OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Please remove this man from contact with the public and all horses! He is not only a terrible example of New Yorkers, he must be bitter and hateful. No one of that character should be making decisions concerning the welfare of animals.