As if we needed more evidence that forcing horses to pull tourists around in carts for hours on end is deeply inhumane and dangerous for both the animals and people, yet another carriage horse recently collapsed in the middle of bumper-to-bumper New York City traffic.

Like the many other past instances of exhausted horses falling down on the busy streets of NYC, this heartbreaking incident was caught on camera, giving the world additional concrete proof that these gentle animals do not belong on city roads.

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The saddening video, which was shared by non-profit animal advocacy group Stopping NYC Horse Abuse, shows the poor carriage horse lying on its side on 59th Street, unable to get back up. Thankfully, there were no passengers in the carriage at the time of the collapse, and no humans were injured. However, the condition of the horse is still unknown.

Recognizing the urgent need to put an end to occurrences like this, which endanger both humans and horses, Stopping NYC Horse Abuse has scheduled a hearing to get horse-drawn carriages out of traffic and move them to carless Central Park.

While this isn’t a perfect solution, seeing as it doesn’t involve outlawing calèches, it’s a good first step in protecting these precious horses from danger. If you’d like to further this cause, please send an email to [email protected] stating that you feel the practice of allowing horse-drawn carriages on the streets of NYC poses a major safety hazard for all involved and should be banned immediately.

And if you’d like to do even more to help enact much-needed horse reform in NYC, please also support the new NYCLASS bill designed to drastically improve the lives of carriage horses in the Big Apple. Together, we can help stop the senseless perpetuation of this disturbing tourist attraction!

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