Experts had discussed the matter with the Daily News, saying that some 200 horses would end up in the slaughterhouse if they can no longer work.
Mayor Bloomberg said,
My personal opinion is we shouldn’t end this. You do that, I assume all the horses will go to slaughter. And if they don’t, they’ll go to other places where horses that would have been taken up will go to slaughter, so that’s just obviously what’s going to happen.
According to the experts in the discussion, if these horses find their way into shelters or sanctuaries, they will simply displace horses that are already there or others that cannot be accepted. In this way, these carriage horses will add to the homeless horse crisis.
Both candidates presently running for mayor of New York City - Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota – want to put an end to the carriage business. Both support the bill banning the horse carriages which is presently making its way in the City Council.
The spokeswoman for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, Allie Feldman, has stated, “Those who say they’d be better working in New York City, that’s like saying they’re better off being in an abused industry.” New York Daily News sought comment from Feldman but she did not respond.
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