by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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Last night, Alec Baldwin hosted an event for PETA in NYC to address the cruelty of the horse-drawn carriage scene. Shown at the event was the new documentary Blinders, which provides a look at the “living hell” horses endure. From the article,

“Forced to spend their days breathing in exhaust fumes, walking on hard pavement, and risking their lives because of weather extremes and idiotic NYC drivers that somehow passed their driver’s tests, these horses are prevented from doing anything that is natural and important to them. Moss began to record the daily lives and living conditions of horses pulling carriages in and around Central Park after noticing the onslaught of recent injuries to horses in the carriage industry.”

Alec Baldwin insists he’s not interested in banning the trade, but he’d be willing to donate some good cash if the city would guarantee improved living conditions for the animals. “I don’t have a problem with the carriage trade. If they remove all the cars in Manhattan, and build a farm with an acre of land for each horse to graze, I will invest my own money. Passions run high in this issue… It’s loud and vulgar because they know they are wrong.”

That acre of land might be tough – but removing cars from Manhattan? No problem. Get that check ready, Alec.

Check out the official movie site for Blinders here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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