Sunday, February 14, 2010
Of 2 minds toward carriage horses
This afternoon in Philadelphia some people took Valentine's day rides bundled up in horse-drawn carriages, while other people held signs against that very activity, invited passersby to sign a petition against the carriage industry and gave out information and candy hearts.
The approach used by the second group, members of FriendsofAnimals.org, was 100% different from how other demonstrations are handled in NYC. More on that difference soon.
For now, just think about this: A February day with temperatures in the low 30s and wind. Streets poorly cleaned after the 2nd of two big storms, leaving ruts of snow and ice to drive over -- or, in the case of the carriage horses (already burdened with their solitary, plodding lives, involuntarily inhaling vehicle exhaust and Philadelphia dirt . . .) to walk over, pulling a carriage full of humans -- who somehow find this experience "romantic" and "fun."
Not for the carriage horses this greeting: "Have a good day!"