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Glee’s Lea Michele Speaks Out Against Horse-Drawn Carriages (VIDEO)

Glee’s Lea Michele Speaks Out Against Horse-Drawn Carriages (VIDEO)

Lea Michele, vegan actress and star of the hit TV show Glee, speaks up for the horses that are confined to the carriage industry of New York City. The media portrays this practice as a fun family experience, but the truth is much less innocuous.

These horses are forced to pull heavy loads through traffic and breathe dangerous exhaust fumes during the hottest days and coldest nights. They spend their off-hours in cramped, feces-infested stalls where they are often tied to their troughs and have little room to turn around or even stretch out.

These rides can be found year-round, not only in New York City, but cities and towns across the country. Please boycott this harsh practice.

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6:38PM PST on Mar 12, 2011

This is awful!!!!!

6:14AM PST on Feb 18, 2011

This "romantic" activity should be banned.

My daughter, when in college in Philly, got a job as a carriage driver. It didn't take long for her to see the inhumane conditions, and she quit that job and has been against carriage rides, since.

We have them in Austin, too. It ain't pretty. You can't go back to the good old days, people. Horses do not belong in traffic!!

9:17AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Oops, sorry, she's actually Michele & not "Michelle"... my bad!

9:12AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

I'm not a 'Glee' fan, but... sweet, and I hope Michelle is deeply sincere about her cause. Sometimes it seems PETA just hires celebrities for the sake of popularity, or teams up too quickly with people who only say to be for the rights/welfare of animals whilst they actually don't give a crap to animals... just say they are so to get more fans :S but all in all I hope Michelle is not part of that community of celebrities, and that she'll put a long and good fight for the carriage-horses of NYC :)

7:29PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Too bad the law forbids catching a few of these sub human bastards, freeing the horse, and then giving the human in the seat the choice of pulling the carriage around for a week while being flogged or mistreated, or being dragged behind the horse, manure catcher removed.

3:36PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

WHAT KIND OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE ARE WE?
SUCH INHUMANITY, WHERE IS OUR RATIONALITY, OUR LOGIC, OUR POWER TO SIMPLY OBSERVE THOSE AROUND US AND CARE FOR THEM? THEY OFFER US A SERVICE AND WE SIMPLY DON'T OFFER THEM ANYTHING BACK.
thats just disgusting.

10:31PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Noted, thanx

9:50PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

All this talk about horses living in "cells"...

Just a little note... what do you think most city people are living in?

They work in a tiny cubicle and sleep in a tiny apartment or even worse, a studio (doesn't even have a seperate bedroom)! But those who don't work don't eat... this is modern life! At least the horse gets to go outdoors, although there should be a limit to the level of pollution in the air that the horse (and anyone who works outside) has to work in. But that should be limiting polluting industries, not peoples jobs! (South Park aside, regulating cars to be more eco-friendly would be a good start.)

1:45PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

I believe that this practice should not be outlawed just like zoos and racing, but the conditions should definitely be improved.

1:40PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

I believe that this practice should not be outlawed just like zoos and racing, but the conditions should definitely be improved.

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