Another lovely and moving essay by Jon Katz, Bedlam Farm blog
The war against the carriage horses in New York has faltered, for
now, it is far from over. Everywhere, the animals are under siege, they
are trying to take them away from us, they are persecuting us for
loving and working with them. We see in the long and brutal campaign to
ban the horses that money does not innoculate anyone against ignorance
and cruelty, and that people who say they love animals can be
inexcusably abusive to people.
The mayor of New York has not retracted his vow to banish the
horses, or his claim that the people who ride with them are immoral,
nor have the real estate developers stopped drooling and plotting over
their stables. The people in the carriage trade continue to live in fear
and persecution, the horses remain in peril from the people who would
destroy them to save them.
A compassionate and progressive city could easily find a way to keep
them safe and healthy in New York – that would be a minor achieivement
compared to the building of Central Park – but the so-called
progressives there have not yet figured out that preserving the horses
and the environment in the city's fabled park, it's soul, is, in fact,
the most progressive thing they could possibly do.
Despite staggering odds, the horses triumphed, they triggered a great
social awakening across the country: we see the need a new kind of
animal rights movement, one that keeps animals among us and treats
animals and people with love, respect and dignity. Continue Reading