Central Park Carriage Horse DiesPublished November 3, 2011
Last week, a carriage horse named Charlie working in New York's Central Park collapsed and died on the job.
According to the report in the New York Times, the ASPCA stated that the 15-year-old horse was not a healthy horse. Rather, he was sickly, suffering from stomach ulcers, among other conditions. With that said, the cause of death of the horse has not yet been determined.
This latest incident re-raises already existing questions about the carriage-horse industry as we know it. Many feel that the conditions under which carriage horses work is not humane. To that end, at least one vet working with the ASPCA believes that Charlie may have been forced to work despite having to deal with his medical conditions.
"We are very concerned that Charlie was forced to work in spite of painful maladies," said ASPCA vet Dr. Pamela Corey.
Charlie's death has led to more calls for the carriage-horse industry to be abolished. On the flip side, many feel that carriage horses are a rich part of New York's heritage.
What do you think? Is the carriage-horse industry humane? Let us know your thoughts in a comment!