Animal activists are once again calling for carriage horses to be removed from the streets of New York City following the death of a horse.
The horse collapsed Monday morning while it was on its way to Central Park to begin its work day of hauling tourists around the park. An autopsy will determine the cause of death, but clearly something was amiss.
"Healthy horses do not drop dead on the street," Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages told the Daily Mail. "The drivers always like to profess that they are such horse experts. If that is so, then shouldn't the driver have been more sensitive to this horse and noticed that something was wrong?"
A spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York told the New York Daily News that the incident is "a tragedy," adding, "It's not something that happens regularly. Our horses are taken care of."
Regardless, animal-lovers say it is time to end this practice.
"The life of a carriage horse on New York City streets is extremely difficult and life threatening and the ASPCA has long believed that carriage horses were never meant to live and work in today's urban setting," said Stacy Wolf of the ASPCA.