Cross-posted from City Room Blog/New York Times
Written by BAO ONG
As a family-operated carriage-horse stable in Hell’s Kitchen scrambled to fend off eviction from the city, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and another nonprofit stepped forward to offer to find homes for the horses — outside of the horse-carriage industry.
No thanks, said Colm McKeever, one of the brothers who owns the stable, Shamrock Stables, at 522 West 45th Street. “First of all, our intention is to stay in business,” he said.
The A.S.P.C.A. and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable & Safe Streets said Friday that they would work with Shamrock and the city to “find homes for these horses, taking them off the streets and placing them in environments that have their interests at heart.”
“This option puts the welfare of the horses first and prevents them from being auctioned off to work farms or where the possibility for exploitation and inhumane treatment is high,” the groups wrote in a joint statement. The A.S.P.C.A. and other animal rights groups have for years claimed that the horses should be prohibited from dwelling in the city.
A spokeswoman for the stable, Carolyn Daly, said: “This is like someone losing their job, and the first thing they offer as a solution is taking your children. The children aren’t for sale and neither are the horses.” Read all >>
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