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The Fate Of Central Park Horses In New York City Unclear

February 10, 2014


The debate over the horse and carriage business in New York City is being noticed across the country.   This is largely due to the intent of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to shut down what can only be described as an iconic industry, one that evokes all sorts of imagery and charm around Central Park.    The mayor and those who advocate the same positron say it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.  I think ending the industry is a mistake.

One would hope sanity might take hold and allow for this industry to remain as it has for decades.  But should the carriage industry take a needless political blow the next question (apart from how to deal with the anger from the owners) is what will become of the horses?

While there seems to be goodwill from many about finding a place for approximately 200 carriage horses to live there seems to be a larger concern that will also need to be considered.   The carriage industry has warned that shutting down the city stables might have the side effect of removing a means for using surplus horses pouring out of the farming and racing industries.  If those horses are not used they could simply be sent off to a slaughterhouse.

It seems that all sides might agree that unregulated breeding is one of the main problems, and that the Amish in Pennsylvania are the source of many horses that add to the oversupply.  The problem is that more horses are produced than can be used or cared for per year.

While it may make some feel good about themselves to free the horses from the bondage of walking around Central Park carrying delighted passengers there will be consequences that need to addressed  about an oversupply of the animals.

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