Debbie Harry Demands Freedom For NYC Carriage Horse Named “Blondie”
Another celebrity has joined the call to ban New York City's horse carriages: this time, Debbie Harry is standing up for the animals. With the help of PETA, the former "Blondie" lead singer penned a letter to the 51 members of the New York city council about a carriage horse, who also called Blondie.
Harry addressed an incident in which Blondie (the horse) was made to walk for four days with a painful hoof disease, leading to the arrest of her carriage driver.
Her letter reads:
A police officer noticed that Blondie was struggling to pull his carriage. When he questioned the driver, he learned that Blondie had been suffering from a serious leg injury for four days but had still been forced to work long shifts in hectic traffic. The driver was arrested, but it wasn't his first offense: Previous charges included drinking on duty and driving his horse through Manhattan's busy streets at unauthorized times.
The singer urged council members to support a bill by Mayor de Blasio that would ban the horse carriages and replace them with antique electric cars.