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A Horse's New Year
Submitted by Allie on 31 December 2012 - 4:15pm
To us, New Year's Eve means new beginnings, champagne toasts and parties with friends. But for carriage horses in New York City, it means loud drunk people, fireworks, noise makers, horn honking taxis and buses. In short, every horse’s nightmare - sounds that spook horses to bolt into traffic.
While you're getting glitzed and glammed up for New Year’s Eve today, think about the carriage horses, who won't be going to any parties. When the clock strikes midnight tonight, you'll be popping champagne, but the carriage horses will be lugging tourists through Times Square. Yes, that's right; city law permits horses to work until 3 AM. Most will be working every last minute, up to and following the drop of the ball.
We started with a $10,000 goal and we’ve raised it twice. As I type, we are less than $2,500 away from $25,000. Funds that will help us pass legislation to ban this outdated industry and retire the carriage horses to pastured sanctuaries. Help make this the last New Year’s Eve that the horses have to work.