14 October 2006

From Today's New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “‘It Was Love at First Sight,’ and So, Before Long, Benny Mason Got Hitched” (news article, Oct. 9):

Can there be any doubt that horses do not belong in the city? Life on the streets of Manhattan is miserable for these horses that have to pull oversized loads in heavy traffic, where they are constantly avoiding collisions with careless and impatient drivers, and in arduous weather conditions.

In the summer, they breathe in lung-searing exhaust fumes and plod along scorching asphalt. In the winter, they endure freezing temperatures.

It’s unfathomable that anyone can support these rides. How many dead horses and hospitalized people will it take before the City Council bans them?

Jennifer O’Connor
Norfolk, Va., Oct. 11, 2006
The writer, on the staff of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, writes for its Animals in Entertainment Campaign.

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