Lea Michele Under Attack For New Peta Ad: She's 'Full Of Lies,' Says Company! Exclusive!

Thu, January 6, 2011 6:34pm EST by 36 Comments

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?

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— Lindsey DiMattina

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Lynnwood Farms

Posted at 1:21 AM on January 18, 2012  

“Insider: As a New Yorker myself, I also wanted to take a second and commend you on the work you’re doing to get carriage horses banned.

Lea: Thank you. It upsets me to say this, but I could not get out New York fast enough this winter because it was depressing. I came back to LA and promised myself that in 2012, I would devote two minutes of every day to figuring out the next step towards ending this. I can’t change everything, I can’t fix everything, which can be frustrating sometimes because you feel like you have to and want to, but I will not give up on this one.

REALLY Lea sure does seem committed giving those horses shes so worried about a WHOLE 2 mins of her day ! What a farce. She certainly is no Mother Teresa. Now how does teh 14mins she has pledged to “think” on the subject compare with the 40,50,60 hrs a week and more the drivers and owners spend actually caring for those horses. What a Joke and a total waste of time. Just another “Look at me” useless starlette.

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Che

Posted at 2:51 AM on January 9, 2011  

Even if certain details in Lea’s Peta ad aren’t accurate, the important ones are! The fact that those horses are trudging the streets of New York, having no choice but to inhale noxious fumes from the hundreds of cars passing by, is enough reason to pull those horses off the road!

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WS

Posted at 6:10 AM on January 16, 2012  

I take you do not care about the show horses or the race horses, or the pleasure horses that are breathing bad air? Just NYC carriage horses are harmed by “noxious fumes”?

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Betsy

Posted at 8:56 PM on January 16, 2012  

I agree the fumes are noxious. Why not ban the cars then? Seems it would be healthier and more green for all of NYC to use the subway or horses..

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b0red

Posted at 10:38 AM on January 8, 2011  

no animals should be made to work

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Ella

Posted at 7:29 AM on January 10, 2011  

If animals didn’t work, many people in developing countries would starve to death.

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WS

Posted at 6:15 AM on January 16, 2012  

Really? Does this apply to Drug dogs, bomb dogs, MWD, police dogs, service dogs, search & rescue dogs, etc…? Oh and there are horses performing therapy work for disable kids – that should end? What about working horses on farms? No more, huh?

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Sean

Posted at 4:13 AM on January 8, 2011  

Peta are well known crazies that care more about getting their name out there than anything else. They wind up killing more than they save, and Peta also protests seeing eye dogs for the blind.

I believe the ASPCA not Peta. If the animals were abused, they would be facing jail time and fines. Funny that Peta has no actual proof of any of their claims.

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Aisleen

Posted at 9:52 PM on September 13, 2011  

Im no PETA advocate but to be factual and fair, PETA don’t oppose seeing-eye dogs, they oppose the fact that new dogs are bred for the purpose, rather than training those dogs in shelters to do the job.

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WS

Posted at 5:58 AM on January 16, 2012  

Did you know that there is a shortage of dogs is shelters throughout this country and that shelter are importing dogs from other countries to fill the need for dogs?

PETA and HSUS are lying about the number of dogs impounded in shelter each year.

 
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dayane

Posted at 8:37 PM on January 7, 2011  

of course they are going to say that is not true, from someone that went there and saw it those animals aren’t health and owners are cruel.

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WS

Posted at 6:01 AM on January 16, 2012  

Are you an expert on horses? Do you know what a healthy horse looks like? Somehow I do not think so. NYC carriage horse are in very good condition. No I am not a carriage driver, I do not live in NYC – but I visit often.

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disco

Posted at 11:22 AM on January 7, 2011  

I disagree with PETAs tactics.

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K

Posted at 3:55 AM on January 7, 2011  

I agree with Lea. Why would she lie about this?

Lea Michele is an amazing woman for putting this out there love u Lea<3

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Crystal

Posted at 12:28 AM on January 17, 2011  

Lea could have just takenthe wordof Peta. The representative does have a point about her having no clue what she is talking about (though she/he should have called out Peta instead of Lea). Unless she has seen first hand the living condition of every carriage horse in NYC, she doesn’t know if they are being mistreated. Obviously some get mistreated but there are ones who have owners who follow the regulations.

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WS

Posted at 6:03 AM on January 16, 2012  

Lea is a fool. She is a little girl who knows nothing about horses and is being lead around by her nose by PETA. It would be interesting if she thought for herself. Maybe when she grows up she will have something interesting to say. Right now she is another bimbo actress.

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Smithy

Posted at 2:29 AM on January 7, 2011  

Wonder why they representative from the company didn’t want to use their name? Or did the “reporter” just never ask? Sadly a few of the horses I saw looked thin and dirty. One’s hooves looked pretty bad that I saw this past summer.

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gaby

Posted at 11:02 PM on January 6, 2011  

i’m from new york and agree with her, i also agree with the person that said if it was any other of glee cast hollywoodlife wouldn’t write a line about it, but it is lea michele and they love hate her.

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Jorlie

Posted at 10:58 PM on January 6, 2011  

All the horses I’ve seen in NYC have been just fine. I work with harnessed race horses every summer & I’ve seen just about every injury a horse can have. We’ve had vets clear horses for races who are in worse condition than the horses I’ve seen behind carriages and our horses go at faster speeds. I’m not saying there aren’t drivers in NYC who mistreat their animals, but on a widespread account of things, I don’t think they’re being mistreated. Whips, when used *properly* do not harm the animals because they do have a thick hide. And I do agree that people who do not work with the animals or know anything about them are quicker to jump to conclusions than those who do work with and train animals.

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Sean

Posted at 4:18 AM on January 8, 2011  

That is so true about the whips. People always think they are beating the animal when that is not the case at all. It’s like when dogs bite people in a play mode; a bite like that wouldn’t break a dog’s skin, but it would draw blood on a human. You have to know the animal. Horses are not the same as people. If they were really whipping them there would be welts and scars, wouldn’t there?

People should give these Peta spokespeople a test on the animals and see if they have any knowledge of horses at all.

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true facts

Posted at 10:39 PM on January 6, 2011  

i was at new york last summer, and i saw these carriages in the middle of traffic, at central park one of the horse was limping and the owner keep whipping the animal to keep going.
the animals didn’t look health at all.

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Jen

Posted at 9:41 PM on January 6, 2011  

Your headline is more dramatic than after Rachel Berry is after she has a solo taken away.

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Missy

Posted at 8:44 PM on January 6, 2011  

Why do I have a feeling if any other glee cast member had done this ad Holywoodlife would have ignore it?

PETA is bringing awareness to the issue and had been for years. I can’t say I am a big fan of PETA but some thing they do get right. I don’t know why people are pretending like Lea is the first person to ever have this concern, it has been around for awhile.

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Betsy

Posted at 9:03 PM on January 16, 2012  

The only thing PETA has every done right, is figured out how to prey upon people who don’t research their causes. They take in millions of dollars a year, so they can have their 15 mins of fame, instead of helping to fund programs that really do help, like education programs for spaying and neutering pets, rehoming and transporting of animals, education about why feral and wild animals are different and why “exotics” make bad pets, educating young people at risk of being exposed to dog/chicken/etc fighting areas, on why those are bad, or promoting the adoption of mustangs to get the feral horses off the land (it’s not good for the enviroment), Instead they’d rather take salaries, and put all these horses in sanctuaries, that are overflowing as it is. Animal welfare is something I think any animal lover is in favor of. PETA.. is in favor of something totally different. They don’t want animals to be treated humanely. They want them all to be non-existant.

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Clem

Posted at 8:08 PM on January 6, 2011  

Many people who work with animals treat them fine. The people that complain about the unfair work condictions are the people who have never been and seen a farm or buildings that house animals. Many people that work with animals are given bad names because of people like PETA. PETA can talk about things like this, but never do anything about it. If you think animals should not be farmed for the food that they produce then you all can strave!

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Wm

Posted at 8:49 PM on January 6, 2011  

They aren’t worried about those who treat them fairly, just those who don’t. And yes some people don’t treat their animals well.

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WS

Posted at 6:06 AM on January 16, 2012  

Did you know that PETA kills more dogs and cats than any other shelter in the country? PETA has a shelter in VA. They kill 98% of all animals that enter that shelter. So much for caring about animals…

 
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Mandy

Posted at 7:47 PM on January 6, 2011  

OOOH, only 9 hour work days on hot hard cement. What lucky horses!

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Bonnie G

Posted at 11:30 PM on January 6, 2011  

@Mandy I don’t hear Lea or you expressing concern about nurses who are on their feet for twelve hour shifts, for policemen and firemen who are on the same concrete watching over you.

@Jimmhy — PETA can check out any facility they want, but they are only interested in keeping people from fishing because it hurts the fishies little mouths. Or in stopping fox hunting where more riders than foxes have been injured.

I’ll bet you money and give you odds that little miss Lea owns leather shoes. Who does she think is going to pay to keep all the pretty horses eating grass and pooping in pastures? Someone owns that land and has a use for it. If she gets all those horses off the street, they’ll end up slaughtered and sent to Third World countries and eaten. Or used in dog food here.

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Sean

Posted at 4:21 AM on January 8, 2011  

You have heard of horse shoes, right? They protect the horses feet. That’s the entire point of them.

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Jimmy

Posted at 7:39 PM on January 6, 2011  

Lea is not the first person to ever have these concern why doesn’t this company invite PeTA or any meida outlet in to see the stables he speak of?

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Sean

Posted at 4:27 AM on January 8, 2011  

They have. Go to youtube. Peta just has the money to constantly get themselves heard because of celebs.

If all this was true, the city would shut them down. The city inspects the stables, the horses, the carriages.

BTW, Peta also tried to stop a school in Scotland from giving children milk at lunch because it took advantage of the cows. This is a true story, look it up. They are that crazy.

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Lynnwood Farms

Posted at 1:34 AM on January 18, 2012  

Jimmy I believe the Industry did recently invite her to come tour their stables it was in the press not long ago. She never bothered to even respond to their invitation. I”ll look for the publication.

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Joan

Posted at 7:36 PM on January 6, 2011  

I’ve seen those horses and they don’t look healthy. I am sure some companies treat their animals well, but the horses I have seen in NYC on several occasion don’t.

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WS

Posted at 6:08 AM on January 16, 2012  

Really? How do you come to that conclusion? Do you know what a healthy horse looks like? Somehow I do not think so. FYI NYC carriage horses are in good condition…

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Betsy

Posted at 9:06 PM on January 16, 2012  

They look great!! Thankfully, because they work at low impact exercise (walking) they are in great shape.. Sadly most american horses (like most americans, and their children and pets) are obese. It is shocking once you really educate yourself what to look for, in how a healthy and fit horse should look. For years, I thought they should be round and fluffy. They shouldn’t be. Some of the NYC horses are a bit overweight… The one I took a carriage ride in was. I could not feel his ribs. You should not be able to see the ribs in a horse (or barely see them), but you should be able to feel them when you push the side of the ribcage. If not, the horse is overweight.

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