Naturally, retiring this industry will have financial repercussions, but the mayor's bill reflects a strong intent to offset those consequences with workforce training programs and resources available not only to drivers, but to owners, license holders, and horse stable employees.
The drivers aren't going down without a fight. I don't blame them. Yet their efforts to demonize the opposition are distracting us from the question at the heart of the issue: is the impact of the industry on the horses cruel, or is it not?
Every Valentine's Day, countless New Yorkers and tourists are trotted around the city by animals that are literally being worked to death. So today, New Yorkers should show carriage horses some love by giving them a badly needed break.