Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's a horse's life...

Glee star Lea Michele has a new campaign for PeTA, targetting the cruelty of using draught horses in New York City traffic:

From the campaign page:

"Imagine for a moment that you're forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week—whether it's sweltering hot or freezing cold outside," Lea says. "At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on [an] easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long."

This tortured life is a sad reality for the horses who are used to pull carriages.
During their workday, these horses are forced into dangerous traffic, where they develop respiratory ailments from inhaling exhaust fumes and debilitating leg problems from pounding the hard pavement. They constantly weave between cars and are often spooked by loud noises on the streets. As a result, accidents sometimes occur in which many horses and people are seriously injured or even killed. When not working, these horses are confined to cramped stalls in which they are unable to turn around, stretch their legs, or even lie down comfortably.

That does sound brutal. My only question is, how is that different from the life of the average human New Yorker?

1 comment:

  1. More seriously, it's not much different from the lives of horses in 19th-century cities, except that the air is a lot cleaner, dogs don't bite their legs, boys don't throw things at them, and they probably have better vet care.