Should Horse-Drawn Carriages Be Banned?


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Last week a car crashed into a horse-drawn carriage in Philadelphia. The accident ended up involving four other carriages. Two of the carriage drivers were hospitalized along with car’s driver; however the horses were only scratched. The accident has sparked debate over the use of horse-drawn carriages for tourism in Philadelphia and other cities. This hour, we’ll debate the issue and get a historical perspective on how horses have been used in American cities. Our guests include: Midge Leitch, University of Pennsylvania equine veterinarian, Edita Birnkrant, New York director of Friends of Animals, Michael Kates, vice-president of operations for 76 Carriage Company, and Ann Norton Greene, an historian at the University of Pennsylvania.

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