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Should Police Horses Be Banned
 By Winniefield Park   •   5th May 2014   •   4,636 views   •   3 comments
Should Police Horses Be Banned

The debates over whether horse-drawn carriages should be used on NYC streets continue. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to have the carriages shut down has now softened his stance after a carefully planned campaign, in which Liam Neelson has taken a starring role, to keep the carriages going was launched. In addition to his star-studded opposition, labor unions began pressuring de Blasio to protect the jobs of the carriage drivers, and the profit that carriage rides bring in.

Even the New York State Horse Council, with the backing of the American Horse Council is speaking out to save the city’s carriage industry. After inspecting the stables two months ago, the NYSHC stated that the carriage horse housing was some of the best they have seen. In a statement of support, they claim that the carriage horses were an icon of NYC, and that they are not in any way treated inhumanely.

“It is the opinion of the Board of Directors of the New York State Horse Council that the NYC carriage horses, and their owners should be allowed to continue to operate their small businesses without fear of reprisal or loss of livelihood.”

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With his vow to banish the carriage trade de Blasio may have backed himself into a bit of a corner, claiming that while the carriage industry is bad for horses, police work is not. Police horses, claim de Blasio, provide an essential service, not just entertainment for tourists. The work police horses do, including patrolling city streets and crowd control is far more beneficial to the public than a ride through Central Park, or touring to see the sights.

However, there are those who argue that horses that pull carriages and horses that do police work should be measured with the same stick. Police horses often face more hectic streets and high pressure situations then the carriage horse, and are therefore exposed to the same environment and greater challenges. If carriage horses go, so should police horses.

However, those who feel police work differs from carriage pulling argue that police horses live in a state-of-the-art stable, and get daily turnout in addition to a planned retirement for their golden years. The lives and care of police horses is much different.

If NYC bans carriage horses, should it also ban police horse? What is the difference between the work and the management of carriage and police horses? What do you think?
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Velski  
As a person who's met police horses and a few of their riders, I can say the horses are very content. They're specially chosen and trained to deal with the situations they end up in. And-at least where I live-they have an incredible stables. They have constant care available to them.
I don't know much about carriage horses, so I won't go into that.
  May 5, 2014  •  5,469 views
 
Dark Star  
Here is how I see it, if they ban carriage driving and police horses, I see a lot of slaughter trucks and full auctions in the near future. That is all I'm gonna say on that subject.
  May 5, 2014  •  5,461 views
 
Valkyrie   MOD 
I think police horses are in an entirely different situation. The police realise the job is high stress and the horses are well taken care of with frequent holiday time. They are needed for things like crowd control and to placate strained neighbourhoods. An officer on a horse is more maneuverable than one in a car, and can get from A to Z faster than an officer on foot or a bicycle. Police horses are necessary and are exceptionally well cared for. They are also retired long before they become too jaded.

On the flipside carriage horses spend long days in the freezing cold or extreme heat, standing around on hard asphalt and concrete, dragging a heavy cart full of screaming families through noisy and polluted streets. London gave up carriages when motor cars became popular, and for good reason. Carriage horses do not serve a useful function except to provide entertainment for bored tourists. The amount of accidents they cause or are involved in is growing and it is completely unneces
  May 5, 2014  •  5,455 views
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