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From Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)

We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Hard times for horses

February 1, 2014

As published in the NY Daily News

Tuckahoe, N.Y.: Although I know Voicer Julio E. Rivera suggested people complain about Yonkers Raceway just to take attention away from the carriage horse issue, he’s right: The horses at Yonkers Raceway — and every race track — have terrible lives in that scandal-ridden industry. They are overbred, forced to run on underdeveloped legs, whipped to make them run faster — and finally sent to horrible auction- and slaughter-houses when they’re not profitable anymore.

In fact, it’s likely (there’s little tracking information available) that some of those same racehorses are now dragging a thousand pounds of carriage and people in Midtown traffic. But thanks for your concern, Julio.

Hopefully, you’re not patronizing race tracks or carriage-horse rides.

Kiley Blackman
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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