The image was shared by Sean Fox on Facebook and his post has exploded with reactions from viewers, some of who were in complete disbelief at the sight.
Sean uploaded the picture yesterday afternoon and said: “F*** sake Ballyfermot for ya”.
The post has since gone viral, amassing close to 1,000 comments and over 2,300 shares so far.
Shocked Facebook users have commented in huge numbers in reaction to the mode of transport – with some crediting the creative driver.
Others were upset with the picture and questioned if it was a case of animal cruelty. Someone else said: “It’s beyond me how this level of animal cruelty is so amusing to people, I hope the DSPCA get involved.
Maybe we have lost our sense of humour. It is a bit comical at first sight. But we are not amused. Hopefully this was a one-off, soon to be forgotten and will not spark copycats.
We don’t know about you but we are more than fed up with New York City Mayor deBlasio.
DeBlasio initially ran on a ticket that included helping the City’s miserably treated carriages horses, then sold the horses out the moment he was elected. He has huffed and puffed about it since then, but in actuality hasn’t done a damn thing for them. Until now he thinks. It is not true.
In an email shout out, the “Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages” have exposed deBlasio’s latest smoke and mirror tactic.
We quote that email:
NEW MAYORAL PROPOSAL IS NO WALK IN THE PARK
The deBlasio administration recently announced a “big win” for the NYC carriage horses with the relocation of the hack line on Central Park South to five locations within Central Park. Some people are unfortunately buying this alternative reality.
Below is a list of the five proposed hack lines. For a more detailed description of the proposal, please look at last week’s newsletter. Click Here.
1. AT W. 72ND STREET OFF CENTRAL PARK WEST
This hack line will be about 130′ long and will offer no shade for the horses. The carriages will also be required to travel 13 blocks north on Central Park West, mixing with heavy traffic.
The larger lane shown on the street below is for parking; the narrower one is for bikes. The carriages will travel with the other traffic to reach this destination.
2. AT W. 67th NEAR TAVERN ON THE GREEN
This is currently being used for carriages. There is no shade and carriages will need to travel up Central Park West to access it.
3. NEAR 7TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
This is one of two locations off Central Park South; again there is no shade. To access this location, carriages will drive from their stables on the far west side of Manhattan reaching Central Park South where they will make an illegal U-turn to the 7th Avenue location.
4. NEAR 5TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
This is the other location off Central Park South; also no shade for the horses. Drivers will also need to make an illegal U-turn to access this location.
The existing water troughs are off 6th Avenue and near Grand Army Plaza (but not the new hack line.) The carriages will need to do some fancy maneuvering to reach them — especially the carriages at the 7th Avenue location.
5. AT E. 72ND STREET OFF FIFTH AVENUE
The carriages will be making illegal U-turns on Central Park South to access the roads in the park to take them to this location. This will be the easiest way to get to this new location since Fifth Avenue is one way — downtown.
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The Mayor and those who support this proposal say that the horses will be out of traffic and have shade and water in the park. None of this is true. It is not a “big win.” It was done to placate his supporters.
ACCIDENTS: Carriage drivers are not required to report accidents. So unless the public knows about it and gets the NYPD and/or media involved – it never happened. It is to a carriage driver’s benefit not to report an accident that will hurt the reputation of the trade.
ACCIDENT STATISTICS: We have recorded 103 accidents since 1982. 19 of those have been at or near the hack line that is proposed to be relocated. But 14 of them happened in Central Park. The balance of 70 happened around the city in different areas. The accidents were typical — horses spooking, collapsing, crashing into something or being crashed into; dead horses.
This works out to 81.5% of all recorded accidents occurring away from the hack line — inside Central Park and around the city. Only 18.5% occurred at or near the hack line.
CARS: While cars are no longer allowed in Central Park, certain vehicles are, which include NYPD cars and emergency vehicles and Parks Dept. vehicles. In addition, there are hoards of people, cyclists, skateboarders and pedicabs in the park.
Interestingly, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico signed an executive order banning horse-drawn carriages. He signed the ban four days after a carriage horse collapsed on the street. Just saying.
“Mayor deBlasio was on the Brian Lehrer show recently. At one point, a man named Craig called in and said he had looked at all five of the proposed new locations and that they provided no shade for the horses. The Mayor seemed surprised. (Oops). But then he caught himself and dismissively said that the carriages do not stay in any place long enough since they are continuously busy with passengers — so they will not be harmed by the sun.” How glib! But this is not true.
(CARRIAGE HORSES) The carriage horse industry is a cruel and insidious business resulting in long term abuse, injury and even death to the horses used.
Carriage horse workers routinely claim they need no rules because they can self rule, that their horses are treated right, or that agreed on protective measures are already in place and all is well.
What’s ironic about these measures put into place by well meaning people, is that they are what a decent human being responsible for any animal would know that they should and should not do to provide proper care.
By all reports health and safety guidelines for carriage horses have not worked that we know of. Not even close, because they are not met nor are they enforced. They are largely ignored. So carriage horse workers continue to house and work horses as they have always done, and the terrible life that carriage horses daily suffer goes on as before.
The One Green Planet article is entitled, “WTH?! Visibly Uncomfortable Horse Forced to Carry Tourists During NYC Heat Advisory Shows Why Carriages Have to Go! (VIDEO)”. Yet further on in the article a ban is not called for, but more . . . you guessed it — reforms. Proposed by none other than NYCLASS.
Reforms are exactly what is NOT required.
The carriage horse trade in Manhattan and in cities around the country do what they damn well please in the face of whatever reforms and protective measures are in place.
Blessedly a few of the worst stables housing carriage horses have shut down in Manhattan, but only because they were forced to due to encroaching redevelopment. This was predicted.
There is only one solution to end the day-to-day misery and abuse of carriage horses. We must ban the carriage horse trade in American cities. End of story.
While we are grateful that a few carriage horse businesses are dwindling and dying out because of groups like ours and concerned citizens like you who are raising our voices, we need to do more.
Please use social media to call for the ban of the the carriage horse trade in your area. Do it with us or someone like us, but please do it!
We are putting together a social media campaign. If you would like to help, please share your ideas in comments or email us with samples of attention grabbing slogans and statements and who you think should be targeted and where. If you have or can take pictures of carriage horses working in the heat in your area or while on vacation, please share them.
ONE GREEN PLANET (Carriage Horses) — You know we live in a sad world when the story of a horse collapsing from exhaustion makes someone else the victim. The Daily Mail story on this carriage horse says the following: “A bride and groom’s special day took a tragic turn when the horse pulling their ornate wedding carriage collapsed with heat exhaustion.” That’s right folks, the bride and the groom faced the tragic circumstances because the animal they forced to drive them around fell down. It must have been awful for them not being able to be driven uphill by a horse.
This story isn’t about smearing the bride and groom. This story is about the bigger issue of carriage horses who are treated as inanimate objects as opposed to animals that live, feel, and breathe. This horse was pulling approximately 800 pounds, uphill, on a blazing, hot day in Italy. The poor animal eventually collapsed in the street, unable to pull the weight any longer. For more go here »
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The Horse Fund does not want to hear any more apologists concerning the carriage horse trade. It is time — past time — to put a total stop to it. If that’s too radical for some, oh well. So be it. —Editor.