The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance
High temperatures affect all
Carriage horses should be off the streets
541 Godfrey Park Place
I just received an alarming phone call from my husband regarding the maximum temperature allowed by law before the carriage horses must stop running. He was greatly distressed, since the temperatures this week are the highest of the summer thus far, reaching the upper 90s with an extreme humidity level. He told me the horses looked as if they were ready to fall over.
I realize that the law states they can work in temperatures up to 98 degrees, and up to 125 degrees in the NOAA-defined Heat Index. But this is still ridiculous! As temperatures rise we are constantly being told, stay indoors, keep hydrated, etc. Well shouldn’t the same go for these poor horses. They are not only outdoors in this horrible heat but they are pulling carriages with up to twenty people at a time. Imagine if you or I were task with the same. For that matter consider, how drenched in perspiration you are after mowing you lawn in such conditions. The City Council needs to take a long look at the laws they have passed. From my perspective it looks very similar to animal abuse.