On October 30, 2013 the New York Daily News came out in support of New York City's carriage Horse. See the below editorial.
Greeting a Dead Horse
When it comes to the Central Park carriage horses, mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are behaving like bleating sheep.
Animal rights advocates have, pardon the pun, stampeded both men into promising to bar the equine urbanites from the city. Close inspection reveals both craziness and cruelty.
The horses will be slaughtered, or others will take their place in a death house.
It all starts from the unfounded assumption that the horses must be miserable clopping around the park with tourists in tow or hanging out on Central Park South. Can’t you just see their pain and fear as humans try to stroke them?
No? But you can see something similar in the eyes of the candidates as they seek to avoid the whipping that these advocates administered to Council Speaker Christine Quinn (remember her?) for refusing to support their horse hockey.
De Blasio’s position is particularly absurd in that, after building his campaign on saving middle-class jobs, he would throw hundreds of working-class drivers, union members all, out of work.
Since de Blasio could never tolerably admit to such an outcome, he would offer the carriage drivers a new mode of work: They could switch to driving passengers in cutsey electric-powered antique cars.
Dictating to New Yorkers how they should make a living is the height of nervy presumptuousness. And Lhota goes de Blasio one better by claiming preposterously that the drivers would only have to equip their carriages with batteries and motors.
The anti-carriage holy warriors at New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets are not the least bit concerned that the vehicles envisioned by de Blasio would carry a hefty price tag. One guesstimate: a lease payment of about $20,000 a year.
Then there’s the absurdity of retiring 200 animals that currently have five weeks of vacation, ample vet visits, guaranteed retirement at age 26 and regulated limits on the temperature in which they may clip-clop. In place of all that, they would be put to pasture — albeit one that doesn’t exist.
As Mara Gay reported in the Daily News Tuesday, a “homeless horse” crisis sends 90,000 to 100,000 unwanted not-so-thoroughbreds to slaughter in Canada and Mexico.
“From 2008 on, it’s been very difficult to be a horse,” Michigan State University equine specialist Karen Waite told Gay. “Humans have struggled to find the money to take care of them.”
The cost to tend all to the soon-to-be-unemployed carriage horses works out to about half a million dollars a year. If no one puts up the money, they will be put down. If the money comes through, others will die.
Leave the horses alone. Let them live. Because here in New York, they’ve got the life.