In May of last year we learned that Glee star Jane Lynch had teamed up with the animal right’s organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in an effort to combat animal overpopulation and today we learn that her co-star Lea Michele has teamed up with PETA for a cause of her own. Lea and PETA want to put a stop to horse-drawn carriages in big cities, is that something you think you’d be on board to support?
Glee actor Lea Michele is raising her voice against the cruelty of horse-drawn carriages. In a shocking undercover video, Lea exposes the harsh conditions that these overworked horses are subjected to—all day, every day. The native New Yorker also posed with a rescued horse for a gorgeous PETA ad to help spread the message that horses don’t belong in traffic. “Imagine for a moment that you’re forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week—whether it’s sweltering hot or freezing cold outside,” Lea says. “At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on [an] easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long.” This tortured life is a sad reality for the horses who are used to pull carriages. During their workday, these horses are forced into dangerous traffic, where they develop respiratory ailments from inhaling exhaust fumes and debilitating leg problems from pounding the hard pavement. They constantly weave between cars and are often spooked by loud noises on the streets. As a result, accidents sometimes occur in which many horses and people are seriously injured or even killed. When not working, these horses are confined to cramped stalls in which they are unable to turn around, stretch their legs, or even lie down comfortably. Don’t get taken for a ride. Join Lea and countless others in boycotting horse-drawn carriages!
Ugh, I must admit … I am not a fan of horse-drawn carriages. I get that the notion of being pulled in a carriage by a horse is romantic to many but I’ve seen far too many miserable-looking horses in NYC that the romance is lost on me. While I’m sure that not all horse-drawn carriage companies mistreat their horses, it just seems really cruel to force them to live in a noisy, bizzy, aggressive city setting. Here is video released by PETA of how they claim some horses are mistreated, be warned … it may be difficult to watch:
On this subject, I agree. I have never supported the horse-drawn carriage business … ever. I absolutely do not intend to start.