NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Animal rights activists staged a protest Thursday, demanding action after horse carriage collapsed in Hell’s Kitchen.
Members of NYCLASS, PETA and community leaders staged a protest at City Hall after the incident was videotaped.
The incident happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday on 9th Avenue and West 45th Street, and police officers ordered the Assemble Unit to head toward the horse.
They put a pillow under its head while cooling it with ice and a hose, and the crowd cheered as the horse struggled to get up again with the help of the NYPD.
The foal, 14-year-old Ryder, was then taken to a private stable on 10th Avenue and West 38th Street.
Viewers assumed the horse had collapsed from the heat and wet conditions, but veterinarians said otherwise.
“We thank everyone for their interest in Ryder, one of Central Park’s beloved cargo horses,” said TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano. “The vet who examined Ryder believes he has EPM, a neurological disease caused by marsupial droppings. This is another example of why people shouldn’t be hasty judgments about his horses. us or the blue-collar men and women who choose to work with them and care for them. Sadly, horses – like humans – can get sick.”
However, animal rights activists continue their call for legislation to replace chariots with other modes of transportation.
Ashley Byrne, told PETA: “It will take the horses off the streets and replace them with wicked free trams. “This will be a win for everyone.”
The industry employs about 150 tradition lovers, and advocates say they care about the horses they work with.
They say the horses are well protected.
“We have a lot of regulations,” said driver Christina Hansen. “This horse, because it’s a transport horse, has more protection than anywhere else it could be.”
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