Thank you BJE for your insight and opinion. Just to make something clear, WE do NOT picket the drivers....its ineffective and can be dangerous. We observe, video, & photograph. Then we compile the information and present to Dept of AG & the PD, not that is does much good... sadly
yes, horses (all animals actually) have rights, its called humane treatment, there are laws on the books protecting them, THUS they have rights. The right to live without pain and suffering.
I'm NOT going to get all Peta nuts on you. Don't worry your little head about it.
You wrote "If you feel they are being mistreated, lean on the city" We have been, to the best we can, the city isn't dong a thing...so when one cant get the governmental agencies to do their jobs, guess what, they go to the media. Which is what's happening here. Public folks fighting the pubic fight.
You also wrote "and don't try to take away other folks' legal livelihood because of your over-active compassion"
This is not over-active compassion....(is there such a thing? How can compassion be "over-active") this is fighting for those who cannot. If the companies COMPLIED with the laws in place we wouldn't have a problem, or at least I wouldn't...not really.
As far as livelyhood, there is some serious question if the drivers get adequate training to do their job? It isn't a very "safe" job without knowledge, AND, do the drivers receive medical or disability? These are HUGE prey animals, very unpredictable (yes even in the state we see them in on the road) and the workers (not to mention the public) can be hurt or killed.
These are just SOME of the issues we are fighting for
So what was your argument again?
The carriage industry CAN be done well, that is not, however, what is happening in ATL. The care of the horses and the equipment is substandard and dangerous, and against the LAW.
The LAWS that are there, are not being enforced.....
These are laws, same as running a red light, or breaking and entering, or assault...what if THOSE laws weren't enforced? The people who have been charged with upholding these laws ARENT DOING THIER JOB! And we, the public are paying them....
Yup I am active on the page....your point Ira?
Ira, so because these people support this change they are in cahoots? Paranoid much?
First! Thank you CL for doing tis story!!!
Second, the living conditions are not the only story, visiting the group's FB page and looking at photos and video will prove these statements. The equipment used on the animals is ill-fitting and in poor repair thus the potential for an animal to break loose of his harness and harming the public is apparent.
The hoof care I have witnessed is exceedingly poor, I have also witnessed thin, ill & lame horses, you can see in the video posted with this article the animal is having a hard time breathing. There are multiple video's of this particular mare having the same trouble.
Horses require 10-15 gallon of water per day when not in work, there is no water available to them at the stand, they carry two buckets under the carriages, half the time the horses are not offered the water. There is no shade available to them in the hot Atlanta summers.
I do not doubt that the owner of the Nottingham may have horse experience. That does not mean that these animals are getting proper care. It could also be that whomever they have managing the care of these horses does not have adequate experience/knowledge. A person can have years and years of experience but if that knowledge is out dated or wrong its the same, if not worse, than someone who is ignorant.
The living conditions are another thing all together another thing. In one case there is poor drainage and manure management in their paddock will cause the hoof walls to soften, it also breeds insects and bacteria that can spread disease among other things.
In another companies case the horses live in a warehouse...a solid concrete warehouse....which is a fire hazard, hay, wood shavings, equipment possibly being housed in this building is extremely flammable. Let alone the lack of light and ventilation.
The laws are in place, they are not being enforced.
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