The horse carriages that trot through Central Park, giving tourists a taste of Old New York, are back in the news. During his first mayoral campaign, Mayor de Blasio promised some well-heeled donors that he would ban the conveyances, but political resistance blocked him from taking action. Now the anti-carriage lobby is taking an incremental approach–limiting, bit by bit, the conditions under which the horses can operate. The city is going along with the strategy, but New Yorkers concerned about the political influence of small but determined factions should take note, and ask themselves: Which industry might be next?
The Facts You Need to Know
O the Humidity: The new standard applies a humidity-based heat index, one with no scientific connection to equine health and safety. Read more.
Mom and Pop: Mayor de Blasio has made political hay out of targeting small businesses. Read more.
Turnout: The new restrictions would require horses to stay in their stables during humid days, depriving them of exercise and social interaction. Read more.
“The streets really aren’t unsafe for horses, who have fewer crashes than taxis do in the same Midtown area.”
The Past is Present
“The then-wannabe mayor had no factual case for a horse ban. The horses live a good life in airy stables on the Far West Side of Manhattan and are living under strict conditions that prohibit, for example, working in extreme temperatures. No city inspector, vet, reporter or activist has ever found abuse.”
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