Lea says carriage horses in NYC are treated unfairly! Here are the facts from the other side of the story!
Lea Michele may be leading a PETA campaign against the unfair treatment of carriage horses in NYC, but the Horse and Carriage Association of NYC says the 24-year-old Glee star doesn’t have a clue what she’s talking about! “Come see us,” a representative for the association tells HollywoodLife.com. “She doesn’t even know. Her recent video that she put up is just filled with lies!”
Horses are limited to nine hours of work per day, the rep explains. There are two shifts each day and a horse is only allowed to work for one of those shifts.
Horses also get a five-week break during the year at which time they’re turned out to pasture in the country. If these regulations aren’t met, carriage drivers face up to $2,000 in fines enforced by five organizations — the NYC Department of Health, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, ASPCA, NYPD, and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Despite what Lea claims, the rep says horses aren’t tied to their troughs in their stalls when they’re off-duty.
“The fact is that there’s no tie-end stalls, there’s box stalls,” the rep clarifies.
The rep says the stables provide adequate comfort for the horses: “My stable, which houses 76 horses, has automatic drinkers, oscillating fans, and sprinkler systems on them for the summer time.” He also says barns are equipped with sprinkler systems in case of a fire — and they’re NOT run-down tenement buildings like Lea claims.
“Every stable in this city has been built as a stable at one point or another,” the rep assures us.
So tell us: Which side of the story do you believe?