Owner of Collapsed NYC Horse Lied About Animal’s Health

Published by Madison VonSosen.

On August 10, Ryder, a horse used for carriage rides, collapsed in the middle of a busy New York City street, likely due to illness and heat exhaustion. He lay on Ninth Avenue for over an hour—with no veterinary care—while his driver reportedly slapped him, whipped him, and screamed at him to get up. PETA exposed this horror on social media within minutes.

Over a month later, it’s been reported that Colm McKeever, Ryder’s owner, falsified the horse’s health records, changing his reported age from 26 to 13, and he faces a New York State Department of Health hearing.

Making horses pull loads like carriages is cruel. Horses are forced to toil in extreme weather conditions, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments from breathing the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles, and they can develop debilitating leg problems due to walking on hard surfaces.

 

This appalling incident garnered attention from people all around the world, including celebrities. They immediately took to social media to express their disgust and concern that this cruel, outdated tourist trap is allowed to continue:

Bella Hadid

Kendall Jenner

Kaley Cuoco

Nikki Glaser

Heather Rae Young

Joey King

Daniella Monet

Shannen Doherty

Crystal Hefner

Taryn Manning

Brandi Cyrus

Christie Brinkley

Holly Combs Ryan

Tara Strong

Vigilante Vegan

Help Horses: Take Action Now

Never take carriage rides pulled by horses, and explain to your family and friends why they shouldn’t, either. If your city allows horse-drawn carriages on its streets, urge your legislators to propose legislation that will ban them.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind