Letters & Editorials

New York Times - April 24, 2010

Carriage Horses’ Plight

To the Editor:

Re “Carriage-Horse Vote” (news article, April 15): The carriage-horse operators deprive their horses of a pasture where they can graze freely and interact with other horses; they force these nervous animals to work in the most congested city in the country, where they get spooked and flee; they subject them to a nose-to-tailpipe existence that causes respiratory disease; they force them to work on hard pavement, which causes concussive leg injury and lameness; they confine them at night to stalls in multistory warehouse buildings in Midtown; and the New York City Council rewards them with a pay raise?

The existence of these horse-and-buggies in Midtown Manhattan in 2010 should be an embarrassment to the city and an outrage to anyone opposed to animal cruelty.

Donny Moss   
New York, April 15, 2010

The writer is the director of “Blinders,” a documentary film about the New York City carriage-horse controversy.

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