Horses have been pulling carriages in New York City for 150 years yet here we are in the year 2014 and if organizations like NYCLASS, New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets have their way the new york city horse carriage industry will be no more.
A quick visit to http://www.nyclass.org/horse_drawn_carriages quickly made my blood boil! This organization is full of such bullshit is amazing that over 55,000 people have liked their FaceBook fan page. For example,
“They 220 horses (68 medallions) routinely work at least 9 hours a day, pulling a vehicle that weighs hundreds of pounds, on hard pavement, while breathing exhaust from cars, buses and taxis. Unaccustomed to the urban environment, horses can be “spooked” easily and cause accidents that inflict great damage on vehicles, drivers and most often, the horses themselves. There were more than 18 accidents in the past two years alone.”
“New York City has had more than 20 carriage horse accidents in the past few years alone.”
Where do these people get their information?! Amazing that over 55,000 dumb asses agree without bothering to do even a second of their own research. It is simply amazing that stupidity can run so rampant.
220 horses do work 9 hours a day but how may were actually working on a given day? Considering there are approximately 150 carriage drivers common sense would dictate that on a given day a minimum of 70 horses are not working. It has been estimated that approximately 6,000,000 new york city carriage rides have taken place over the last 30 years. That’s approximately 200,000 NYC carriage rides per year. Even if there were 220 carriage drivers and 100% of the horses were working everyday that would average to approximately 909 carriage rides per horse per year!!
Let’s a bit further with the 909 carriage rides per yer per horse. In order to remain in compliance with New York City law a carriage horse cannot work more than 9 hours per day, regardless, 909 rides over the course of 365 days is approximately 2.5 rides per day. However, to also remain in compliance with New York City laws carriage horses are required to be out of service for 5 weeks per year. Backing out the 5 weeks that’s a maximum of 47 weeks that a horse can possibly pull carriages. 909 rides over 47 weeks is approximately 20 rides per week. Also when taking into consideration that most new york city carriage horses work 5 days per week that’s approximately 4 rides per week on average!!!!
Oh, but the carriage weighs hundreds of pounds, those poor horses! A carriage horse can easily pull at least twice it’s weight. The average carriage horse weighs between 1200-1800 pounds meaning that the average carriage horse can easily pull between 2400 and 3600 pounds. The typical weight of carriages used in the world is approximately 1000 pounds which is less than half the weight of a typical carriage horse on the low end. That leaves, at minimum, 1400 pounds of weight for the driver and passengers to arrive at 2400 pounds that is easy for even the smallest average carriage horse to pull!
New York City carriage horses spook easily if you believe that over 20 carriage horse accidents over the last few years equates to spooking easily. Notice that NYCLASS didn’t use the couple of years as in the last 2 years so at minimum I will go with 25 accidents over the last 3 years. Using the estimated 6,000,000 carriage rides over the last 30 years for a yearly average of 200,000 rides per year that would equate to 25 accidents over 600,000 rides! An incident rate of .04%.
But the cruelty to the horses. There kept in such inhumane conditions! In February of 2010 Dr. Harry Werner, a veterinarian in North Granby, Conn., and a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was asked by the carriage horse association to make an assessment of the horses’ working conditions. “Based on that inspection, I found no evidence whatsoever of inhumane conditions, neglect or cruelty in any aspect.” was the statement made by Dr. Werner after he and three other veterinarians paid their own expenses to observe four of the five stables in operation at that time.
New York City carriage rides are part of the experience enjoyed by millions of tourists each year. Think of a romantic ride through Central Park where a man works up the courage ask his girlfriend for her hand in marriage, a fairy tale proposal for many women. Instead of the horse drawn carriage the same experience can be had in……
Why in the hell would anyone want to take a ride in a green taxi through Central Park in something that looks like it was taken from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?! The cost for the above contraption if it were to replace the New York City Carriage Horse Industry? Approximately $150,000. Want to know a vehicle that can be had for $150,000?
So what is the real motivation to ban carriage horses in New York City? Could it possibly be politics and money?
Organization helps elect a mayor by making contributions. Said organization funds the creation of
which should sell for around $150,000 thus creating a new taxi medallion program for Central Park. Said mayor getting pressured do to the assistance of said contributions which assisted said mayor in getting elected pushes for a ban using said organizations ludicrous positions. Yet another reason why I fucking hate New York City.
Ban Carriage Horses in New York City? Yet another lesson is the stupidity of the masses!