The other day I went to my doctor’s office, which happens to be near Central Park. As a true downtown dweller, I avoid going uptown at all costs, except for matters of my health or attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Anyhoo, when crossing the park entrance by the Plaza Hotel, I was horrified at the site of these stunning, sweet, adorable horses that just hang out waiting for some fat mid-western couple to charge over to make their fat mid-western child’s dream come true of riding a horse drawn carriage through Central Park. A wave of sadness overwhelmed me just thinking about these stunning creature’s lives, stuck working in New York City and living up to the slogan of the Post Office, “Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor gloom of night”. The horses are always there, waiting… so depressing.
But there is hope. An organization called NY CLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets) is on a mission to rid the city of these tourist traps that brutalizes these lovely animals. Glee star, Lea Michele recently received the Do Something Award for her efforts to draw attention to the plight of these overworked animals. “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 or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long.”
These horses need your help. Please sign the petition or contact your City Council member asking them to humanely retire the carriage horses to loving sanctuaries. Naturally donating money to this cause is an option as well. Just Do Something.