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All old horses deserve to retire

NEWSDAY - December 18, 2006

It is good news that the City of New York will do the right thing by providing for the retirement of its police horses, soon to be transferred to new pastures ["Off to greener pasture," News, Dec. 8].

But, while the city does not have a legal responsibility for its carriage horses because they are privately owned, it certainly has a moral one, which it chooses to ignore. Given every break by the city, including the use of city-owned stables and allowing a cash-only business to exist, this industry gets rid of horses when they are no longer useful - too slow, too old or too sick. Some may be fortunate enough to retire to a farm - but most go to the auctions, where they are exposed to kill buyers. More than 100,000 horses are slaughtered in the United States each year - and this number includes former carriage horses.

Elizabeth Forel

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