Kinda difficult…

10 April, 2010
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…to do a blog post with a 2-year-old “helping.” :-)

But I had to tell you about what we found this morning. Jakey likes to sit with Grammie at the computer; we look up pictures of bunnies, puppies, kittens, and all his favorite animals.

On a “horses” search, we came upon this horrible photo:

We both felt sorry for it, and I wondered how it happened, so I traced the photo source and found an article from 2008 on the carriage horses of New York City. We saw many of the famous horse-drawn carriages while there recently. Our step-on tour guide made a rather flippant comment about how the “horses are union workers now,” and that they had to have so many hours of rest per day, and were only permitted to work so many days per month.

The article shows why that law was enacted.

I’m no on-the-fringe activist, but I do believe that we use animals for our entertainment far too often. Obviously, these horses were worn out, injured, and mistreated (through ignorance, mostly) for far too long, and advocacy folks finally stepped in. I’m glad they did.

Hey, it’s Saturday, Jake is here, coffee is hot, and Singin’ in the Rain is open on the table. What to do? Yeah, I agree. Go watch Cars.


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10 April, 2010 7:35 am

I don’t understand why the horse was injured near the flank (no straps or anything else are placed near that area) but it’s rather sad that animals are treated this way.


10 April, 2010 8:35 am

The poor thing. Could have started out as a small sore that festered and wasn’t properly tended. I’ve seen a few Amish horses around town that could use better attention, as well. You’d think at least THEY would take better care of their animals. Sad.


11 April, 2010 12:40 am

The Amish are the WORST when it comes to animals! They don’t see them as pets like we do, they see them as things and use them as so. Many puppy mills are run by Amish.