Personal trainer and television personality Jillian Michaels is standing up to defend the rights of New York’s carriage horses. The “Losing It With Jillian” and “The Biggest Loser” trainer is joining with PETA to voice support for a new program that would end the use of horse-drawn carriages as a part of the city’s tourist industry.
There are currently more then 200 carriage horses in New York which are kept in tiny, overcrowded stables where they do not even have room to move about or stretch. The horses are forced to pull heavy carriages for long hours and do not get the chance to run or graze daily, both of which are very important for the health and happiness of the animals. Most importantly, the horses work in crowded, polluted and hectic streets where accidents are common and horses are often clipped or injured by passing cars.
To replace the jobs created by this industry, PETA is asking Council Speaker Christine Quinn to backing a pilot program that would exchange the carriages for eco-friendly remakes of classic car models. The cars would provide a green and cruelty-free way for visitors to see the city in an engaging manner and would keep the current carriage drivers employed.
If you would like to become involved in helping the carriage horses of New York, you can sign this petition urging Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support the pilot program and release the horses to a natural retirement outside the city.
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