PETA CALLS ON PORTLAND TO BAN CRUEL, DANGEROUS HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES
06 Aug 2009 20:39 GMT
PETA has sent an urgent letter to Portland Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners calling on them to implement a ban on horse-drawn carriages. PETA's letter comes on the heels of an August 1 incident in which a horse pulling a newlywed couple collapsed and died in downtown Portland in 90°F temperatures. The 23-year-old horse, Balatour, reportedly suffered a heart attack in the sweltering heat.
PETA points out that researchers from Cornell University have found that the recorded air temperature can be as much as 50 degrees cooler than the temperature of asphalt. While working in sweltering heat, horses must walk on hard pavement, inhale exhaust fumes, and dodge cars, buses, and streetcars—all of which can be terrifying to them.
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