Thursday, February 14, 2008

New York City's Carriage Horses Exploited Again

I couldn't believe my eyes tonight when I turned on The Celebrity Apprentice and realized that this week's challenge called for the two competing teams to raise money for their pet charities by selling horse-drawn carriage rides.

Didn't anyone tell NBC about the pending efforts to ban the New York City carriage trade because of its cruelty to these horses? Apparently not, because the show promoted the traditional romantic view of a hansom cab ride around Central Park, and raised thousands of dollars by the sweat of the silent equine workers.

The powers that be should have shown more sensitivity to an issue that is rapidly gaining traction.

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