The humane treatment of animals is not a zero-sum game. Done right, no one has to lose. Change is possible, and the benefits can extend to the entire community... two-legged and four-legged alike.
In New York City's carriage horse debate we're proving this, with a plan to provide a humane solution for horses in a manner that is economically attractive to those who work in the carriage horse industry.
We not banning the carriage industry, but transitioning it to an exciting, horse-free future.
Horse drawn carriages simply do not fit in an urban environment like New York City. The horses make a dangerous two-mile journey twice a day through some of the most congested streets in America, enduring rush-hour traffic, vehicle exhaust and uneven pavement riddled with potholes. These streets are already dangerous for humans -- pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike -- and they become even worse when a horse drawn carriage is performing an illegal U-turn on very busy Central Park South.
But we recognize that it's not humane to put drivers and other industry employees out of work either. And we also understand that a carriage ride through Central Park holds a certain romance and nostalgia for some New York City tourists and residents. Therefore, we expanded our humane thinking beyond the welfare of horses, to consider the needs of the carriage industry and tourists. We were committed to bringing a legitimate alternative to the table. So we looked to the past for guidance.