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Should horse carriages be banned from cities?

Animal rights activists say horse-drawn carriages in the city are a cruel and outdated tradition. Having horse drawn carriages in city traffic endangers both the horse and people. Others say horse-drawn carriages are an iconic tradition in many American cities, especially New York City, and should be preserved. The horses are treated well and provide tourists with tons of joy. What do you think? 🐴

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Animal rights activists say horse-drawn carriages should be a thing of the past. A modern city is no place for a horse. Traffic, loud noises and the general chaos of a city make it a horrible environment for horses. Worse yet, reports show the animals are treated poorly by their owners. According to Newsweek, the New York City Comptroller found carriage horses were "without enough water, shade or oversight from authorities." 

Even if owners improved the working conditions of the animals, the fact that a city is no place for a horse still stands. Horses are constantly spooked by sudden noises in busy urban areas. Once spooked, these animals go careening through densely populated areas and into traffic, putting everyone in danger. 

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Others say there's nothing wrong with horse-drawn carriages. When done properly, horse-drawn carriages are perfectly safe for the horse and everyone around them. There's no reason to get rid of an iconic part of American cities just because of a few bad apples. If the horses are treated properly, there shouldn't be any issues. 

Horse-drawn carriages are romantic and hold a distinct image in American culture

"There's something very poignant about looking at these 18th-century horses," says Carolyn Daly, a spokeswoman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York, an industry trade group. "This is an industry that's popular, charming and well-regulated—and is completely conducive to what this city is all about."
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