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Third Fallen Horse in 6 Weeks Raises Animal Cruelty Issues for Central Park Carriage Rides

Posted By Lori Zimmer On December 8, 2011 @ 5:00 pm In Manhattan,News | 1 Comment

Animal Rights, Central Park, Horse drawn Carriages, fallen Horse, PETA, ASPCA, CEntral Park South, Dr. Pamela Coreyphoto © Henrique Vicente

To many New Yorkers, the horse drawn carriages of Central Park [1] are the quintessential tourist trap. But what they also represent is simple animal cruelty. Over the last six weeks, three exhausted carriage horses [2] have collapsed in front of the very tourists that drive the industry.

Animal Rights, Central Park, Horse drawn Carriages, fallen Horse, PETA, ASPCA, CEntral Park South, Dr. Pamela Coreyphoto © Hey!Tiffany

Overworked and exhausted, the third horse tumbled in the intersection of 59th Street and Central Park South [3] this past Sunday. The horse was then apparently taken back to its stable to be looked at by a veterinarian. Last Friday, another horse got his leg entangled in the carriage he was pulling, resulting in a fall and injury. The fallen horse [4] previous to these two was not as lucky.

On October 23rd, a Central Park horse, named Charlie, fell and died en route to the park [5]. An autopsy paid for by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [6] revealed that the horse had a stomach ulcer and a fractured tooth, both a constant cause of pain. The examining doctor, Pamela Corey, first made a statement through the ASPCA [6], claiming that Charlie may have been abused, only to later retract the statement. She was later fired for the misinformation.

The recent fallen horses have enraged animal rights activists [7], who have been calling the tradition of the Central Park horse drawn carriages to be archaic for years. A city bill suggesting replacing the horses with vintage replica electric cars [2] has been suggested, with the novelty paralleling carriages, and therefore maintaining the tourist demand.

Via Daily Mail [8]

Images © Henrique Vicente [9] and Hey!Tiffany [10]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Central Park: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/ltl-architects-create-living-wall-of-central-park-for-the-open-planning-project-offices/

[2] carriage horses: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/ny-class-proposes-replacing-central-park-horse-drawn-carriages-with-vintage-electric-cruisers/

[3] Central Park South: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/nyc-gay-couples-wed-beneath-delicate-recycled-cardboard-pop-up-chapel-in-central-park/

[4] fallen horse: http://inhabitat.com/obama-congress-pass-bill-lifting-restriction-on-us-horse-slaughter/

[5] o the park: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/cooper-hewitt-design-museum-reaches-funding-goal-for-redesign-leed-expansion/

[6] American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc.aspx

[7] animal rights activists: http://inhabitat.com/raccoon-dogs-skinned-alive-for-knockoff-ugg-boots-graphic-video/

[8] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070043/THIRD-Central-Park-carriage-horse-collapses-6-weeks-busy-New-York-street.html

[9] Henrique Vicente: http://www.flickr.com/photos/henriquev/

[10] Hey!Tiffany: http://www.flickr.com/photos/_tiffany/

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