Whoa, look, NY Gov. David Paterson wants even more improvements in the lives of carriage horses working in New York.
On February 3, the City Council will be looking at a number of proposed for New York’s working carriage horses, like a mandatory five weeks of vacation a year and making it illegal to work after 3 a.m. or in weather hotter than 90 degrees or colder that 18 degrees.
Other changes, like banning drivers and riders from smoking (considering the traffic fumes, not sure how this will help, but okay), and disallowing drivers from using cellphones, cameras or music players which may cause distractions. Hey, New York is a distracting kind of town.
We are not cribbing or anything, but what none of these reforms address is that New York City carriage horses are warehoused in multi-story buildings. The stalls are not any smaller than what the average racehorse lives in, but at least they can walk right out and be on terra firma. Of course, carriage horses do get out a lot more, but still. None of it is natural, but then not much is in the world of way too many horses.
NY’s Paterson wants carriage horses treated better
By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer, Wed Jan 27, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. – (AP) Gov. David Paterson, taking on the 150-year-old tradition of horse-drawn carriage rides in Manhattan’s Central Park, says the horses need to be treated better or the popular tourist rides should be banned.
His recent comment before an animal activist group, rare from a high-level official, drew praise from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Horsemen, however, have their own high-profile fans, including Irish actor Liam Neeson and others who testified for them at a recent hearing about how well the horses are treated and how important the service is to the city.
Paterson seeks “more humane treatment of horses that have often suffered due to difficult work conditions,” said Paterson spokeswoman Marissa Shorenstein. “Horse carriages are important to New York’s overall tourism industry and to the fabric of New York City’s culture, however we must be certain to treat horses and all animals ethically.”
There are 225 horses hauling 68 carriages in and around Central Park. Read full story >>