Carriage horses working in New York City are subjected to inhumane treatment and abuse every day of their short lives.
They routinely work at least 9 hours a day, pulling a vehicle that weighs hundreds of pounds over hard pavement, while breathing exhaust from cars, buses and taxis.
At the end of their long days the horses return to tiny stalls in stables housed in former tenement buildings on the far West side of the city, or as Jon Stewart once called it, "the sad-eyed horse carriage district." The cramped space doesn't allow these enormous animals to lie down or to move about freely and get the daily exercise that equine veterinarians agree they need.
Once a horse hits the streets of Manhattan, its life expectancy is cut in half. After a few years of work, injuries and illness usually force the horses into retirement, not to a farm or pasture but to auctions in Pennsylvania where they can be sold to kill-buyers, transported to Mexico and Canada and slaughtered for meat.
It's time to phase out horse-drawn carriages in New York City, and the mistreatment of horses that goes along with them.
Take action today by writing to the New York City Council, and help reach our goal of 30,000 signers by St. Patrick's Day.