Since we first published a report on the abuses historically inherent to
the horse drawn carriage industry, we have received numerous
communications from a wide spectrum of people.
or write to complain about what they see as a life of drudgery for these
horses and instances of abuse, and and animal rights' organizations
call for an out all ban on the practice.
Carriage operators state
that this may have been the case five years ago, but this just is not
the case now, particularly in New York City.
In the European cities where the industry still exists, research has revealed several encouraging trends:
1. Carriages are pulled by a team of two horses instead of one.
2. Horses employed in pulling
carriages in cities outside the United States are required to wear horse
"sneakers," or protective rubber coverings over their hooves. This
protects their feet and cushions their impact on the concrete and
cobbles of city streets.
3. There also appears to be a higher
standard of required care monitored through more veterinarian
inspections, including unannounced "spot checks."
None of these, however, deal with the issues that we are most interested in which are:
1. Weather conditions and temperatures horses are allowed or forced to work in.
2. Ample water available when they are working.
3. How many hours the horses are made to work.
4. Type stabling and annual turn outs for a rest.
5. Veterinary, dental and hoof care.