Cross-posted from NY1 News
A tense turn of events took place Sunday in Midtown as animal rights activists showed up at an event for supporters of the carriage industry.
Protesters rallied at an announcement about a new retirement plan for horses that can no longer pull carriages.
And while demonstrators disagree, supporters of the “Blue Star Equiculture” sanctuary say it’s a suitable home for retired horses.
“I have the utmost faith in the people that run Blue Star, who are former carriage people as well, that the care and everything he will be receiving will be paramount to any other rescue facility anywhere across the eastern seaboard,” said Carriage Driver Stephen Malone.
“This is shameful and disgraceful because we know so many horses are sold and thrown to the garbage pile of the slaughter auctions, and that’s the last stop before the slaughter house and that’s what’s been happening for years and years,” said Friends of Animals Director Edita Birnkrant.
The Horse and Carriage Association says the first horse being sent to Blue Star retired this weekend.
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