Should Horse-Drawn Carriages Be Banned in New York City?

New York City Councilman Tony Avella recently proposed legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages after another death of a carriage horse in September and an audit by the New York City Comptroller that revealed mistreatment of horses (no shade or water on hack line; horses standing in puddles of water and waste; hot... show more New York City Councilman Tony Avella recently proposed legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages after another death of a carriage horse in September and an audit by the New York City Comptroller that revealed mistreatment of horses (no shade or water on hack line; horses standing in puddles of water and waste; hot asphalt in summer, etc) and irregularities in birth certificates submitted by owners, leading the Comptroller to question whether horses are being double shifted or whether owners are using one license for multiple horses. A few weeks ago, carriage horse stable owner Cornelius Byrne was arrested for allegedly bribing an undercover investigator for overlooking 7 violations at his stables. One of these violations was for displaying the same license on two horses.

The ASPCA has changed its position on horse-drawn carriages and now supports a ban. It has been enforcing NYC regulations, and now feels that this industry can't be operated humanely in New York City.
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