Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City

Target: New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg

Goal: Ban all horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

Horse-drawn carriages are inhumane and out of place in our modern society. Providing a small source of entertainment for tourists does not outweigh the moral concerns, street cleanup issues, and enforcement issues. We must ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

There are many logical reasons that horse-drawn carriage use should be discontinued. For starters, New York City is plagued with some of the worst traffic in the world, and carriage horses only contribute to this congestion.

Furthermore, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has only 21 agents in New York City, and they are obligated to address all cruelty accusations across the city. The manpower does not exist to ensure that the drivers are obeying the law; that they are not traveling out of the area; that their horses do not have ill fitting tact that causes sores; that they are not working when it is too hot, too cold or under adverse weather conditions; that they do not over-load their carriages; that they drive responsibly.

Beyond these logistical issues lay the immorality of this industry, and the inhumane conditions these animals are forced to work in. A carriage horse’s career lasts an average of four years, as opposed to a police horse, whose career spans an average of 14 years. The animals are nearly constantly exposed to harmful fumes from exhaust pipes, leading to frequent respiratory problems in these working animals.

These horses work nine hours a day, seven days a week. And when they finally are allowed to return home, they are stuffed into dingy stables with no opportunity for turnout. And when these horses are finally deemed unfit to work, they are auctioned off- sometimes to “Killer Buyers” who send these poor creatures to slaughterhouses. It is our ethical obligation to ban all horse-drawn carriages in New York City.


Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

Horse-drawn carriages do nothing to help the economy. The pocket change made from tourists’ rides and handful of jobs maintained by the industry do nothing to outweigh the costs of street cleanup and environmental damages. Beyond this, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals only has 21 agents in the five boroughs, and they are obligated to respond to animal cruelty accusations all across the city. There is no where near enough manpower to ensure the wellbeing of these innocent creatures.

But above all, we ask that you consider the morality of allowing horse-drawn carriages in NYC. These horses are forced to work nine hours a day in all weather conditions, every day of the week. When they are finally allowed to rest, they are placed in small stables with no opportunity to run free. They are exposed constantly to harmful fumes from cars, resulting in frequent respiratory problems. Please Mayor Bloomberg, we ask that you ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.


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