Letter: Carriage crisis

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    How old was the horse that tragically died after working downtown?

    Maybe age was a factor. There's absolutely no proof that the bad air killed the horse, so just jumping to that conclusion is baseless.

    The owners said they thought the problem was colic at first. But later I think they decided it was just a combination of problems and old age.

    Maybe we should have an age limit on working animals and more frequent health checks. But an all out ban... that sounds kinda draconian and fascist to me.

  • Cookie999 Albuquerque, NM
    Jan. 8, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    There are carriage rides at the This is the Place Monument by the Hogle Zoo. Why not just expand the carriage rides there, up and out of the city smog? My grandfather kept horses for sheepherding, and they worked out of doors in all weather but also lived long lives.

  • dustmagnet heber city, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    "Blatant act of torture" might be too strongly worded, but as a long time horse owner - if a horse is ill one does not put it in a harness in downtown SLC to die. IF the horse died of colic as was stated - there are tell tale symptoms of this that horses exhibit (rolling, pawing, looking at its flank, lack of appetite) that any knowledgeable horse owner recognizes prior to the onset of dropping dead. But what really bothers me is the reported apparent deception exhibited in this case and no penalty for it. While draft horses were bred to pull, they are also living, breathing, feeling creatures. We have days where the air is so poor, people are not supposed to exercise outside. Any decent farmer will tell you that care giving, and looking out for the well fare of the animal is critical. You don't just work them till they drop! You consider their well being.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    If draft horses are being "abused" if we use them to pull things... what are they SUPPOSED to do? Just sit in a pen and stare at the wall?

    Who pays to feed them if they are not allowed to work? What are they supposed to do on cold days? Just stand around in the cold?


    Re: "blatant acts of torture"...

    Give me a break. If a horse pulling on a cold winters day is "blatant act of torture"... what do you think draft horses have been doing for centuries? What do you think they were bread to do?


    Re: "It is a real shame that we teach our children to abuse others in the name of fun, as in the carriage rides"...

    IMO it's a shame when we teach our children that it's "blatant act of torture" for animals to do what they were bread to do.


    I don't think we should be callus or careless about any abuse of animals, but to pretend a horse doing what it was bread to do is a, "blatant act of torture", is getting ridiculous (and I love animals as much as any person alive).

  • Dr_Rose SLC, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:29 a.m.

    Thank you very much for writing this letter. It was really disturbing to me when I took my 85 year old mother downtown to see the Temple lights, and we saw the horses struggling in the bitter cold. My mother stopped and said to me that it is heartbreaking that people torture animals in such a way. The horses were obviously miserable but the people didn't care. It is a real shame that we teach our children to abuse others in the name of fun, as in the carriage rides. Regulation need to be put in place to prevent people from the blatant acts of torture since people do not have the ethics to govern themselves.

  • Jill Reacher Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    Salt Lake City is a great city with so many positive qualities. The horse dawn carriages is NOT one of them. Living near downtown I am reminded regularly that as of today, this city and its citizens (as well as tourists) don't mind supporting a company that lies to the public and exploits animals for "our entertainment". Pulling carriages in areas with cars and in extreme temperatures (hot and cold) along with some terrible air pollution, is not good for the horses. I am surprised that this practice hasn't been banned. I am surprised that the people who have the power to change this practice have not, and I am surprised most of all that the people living in and visiting Salt Lake are okay with this. For people that don't know this already horses are injured and have died on our streets and under this company's care on our streets. The company has lied about it to the public and as of today, I guess as citizens living in and patronizing Salt Lake, we're okay with this.