Bill de Blasio On Horse-Drawn Carriage Industry: "It's Over" | New York Daily News
Should the industry be banned in the city?
Honestly? It should. I know it's fun and historical and romantic and whatever, but it's terrible for those horses standing in traffic all day long, and I do think a lot of them are abused. I think it's about time.
You see the horse and carriages lined up on the street, just waiting for customers while cars zoom by, they never get to go quickly, I don't think their stables are nice or that they are ever properly exercised. They don't look well cared for. There have been stories of abuse going around for years.
I do not know the specifics of NYC. It might be unsafe because something specific to NYC, but it seems to me that if the only reason against it was how to horses were treated well you could make regulations to treat the horses better. I went on a horse drawn carriage on my wedding day. (In NY, but not NYC) Those horses were treated very well. Like beloved pets. I have seen the carriage rides in Atlanta before as well and they seem to work out well. Again, I am not sure if NYC has problems specific to such a large city.
I think there were issues specific to NYC. I haven't read about it in a long time but I remember some articles coming out and it was a big deal that they were mistreated. Space is at a premium here so I'm guessing they went cheap on the boarding & all that. I can't imagine that it's good for them to be mingled in with cars all day, especially if they never get out for a real run.
I don't know for sure though, what the conditions are now.
Laurie - I don't know anything about it, but it definitely makes sense to me that some of the issues that horses would have in a huge city like NYC might not be an issue elsewhere (such as proper stabling and room to run and get proper exercise, as well as standing in traffic all day every day.)
Yeah, there's also controversy about what will happen to the horses if they ban the carriages...they don't have anywhere to take them so there's a problem with that too.
I wonder if there is some sort of horse rescue organization in NY State that would be willing to take them on if the owners are unable to provide for them. The biggest concern I actually have is that I assume that is going to put those small business owners out of business which seems a bit unfair (I mean, I know the article said that they were going to provide them with alternate methods of transportation, but all I can think of is rickshaws, and I have to think that just because you can drive a horse drawn carriage doesn't mean that you're in the kind of shape that you would need to be in to haul around a rickshaw!
Yes if animals are treated badly then that probably should be watched over more carefully, but it doesn't seem reasonable to ban horse carriages based on that. I know nothing about their conditions though to be honest; but still that might be a completely separate issue.