Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PETA Objects to Local Couple's Proposal to Bring Horse-Drawn Carriages to My Town

An area couple wants to bring a horse-drawn carriage service to my lovely West Michigan hometown. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have other ideas, today's Grand Rapids Press reports:

HOLLAND -- Lori and Dave Smallegan want to offer horse-drawn carriage rides downtown two or three nights a week. . . .

But when Lori Smallegan heard People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought to block the proposal before the City Council, she was stunned.

"If they think a horse pulling a carriage is cruel, they have blinders on," said Smallegan, who along with Dave raises Clydesdale and Percheron horses on their farm.

"They're workhorses. They're bred to do this." . . .

But PETA is urging the council to nix the proposal, citing safety concerns and the effect pavement and exhaust fumes have on horses' welfare. . . .

Read more of the article here. There is also coverage in today's Holland Sentinel.

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