Horse manure claimed a "problem" in NYC
Here's a link about a story on horse manure. Can you believe it? A story on horse manure! This must have been a slow news day before all the OWS portests that are mentioned on another thread heated up.
Ironically, the commercial that aired just prior to this story (at least when I watched it) was for a limo service that uses fossil fueled vehicles instead of horses.
I will note that the RARA people who have been very vocal in the past about the use of carriage horses in NYC have had practically NOTHING to say about the use of horses by police UNTIL NOW.
A check of one of their Facebook pages shows they are now concerned about the use of Police Horses, BUT not about their manure. Apparently, police horse manure dosn't bother them, just carriage horse manure.
This actually shows them posting about the NYPD "putting horses in danger" during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
I am really worried that the "manure angle" may be used to remove horse-drawn carriages from cities, but really don't think it will "work" for removing mounted police.
The police horses don't wear "diapers" but the carriages do have manure catchers attached to their shafts.
In the 19th century there were so many horses in NYC that they actually produced millions of tons of manure annually.
If this video link has been posted elsewhere already, I apologize.
Manure may be the LEAST thing most horse owners have to worry about
Actually NOT all of the people protesting in the OWS protest are RARAs or are even concerned about horses at all. Many of them are people who used to be middle class until their jobs disappeared in this bad economy. They are not unemployed by choice.
Originally Posted by AlterNetReality
But to be sure, probably most of the people in this protest have NO experience being around horses at all since only 1% of the US population actually owns any horses. (In 2007, before the economy tanked, 1.8% of US households owned a horse. The percentage is lower now.) These people are the other 99% (in more ways than one ;)
Personally I sympathize greatly with people who are having a hard time because of this economy. EVERYONE, except the very wealthy, is being affected directly or indirectly- just think of people you know who have had to sell or lease out horses because of financial reverses beyond their control.
I am frankly appalled at the lack of sympathy shown for the OWS protesters, the unemployed and financially stressed in general on this forum. I figure many people here are "well-heeled" because most own one or more horses, but really I don't think this board is over-populated by millionaires.
What THAT means is that most people posting here are in the other 99%- regarding money, not horses. So most have been affected by this economy and have made adjustments in order to be able to keep their horses.
But job loss or some medical disaster could easily mean that more people posting here would be less able to keep funding their horse addiction.
On the other hand, I guess manure might become less of a problem for more people if fewer people are able to hang on to their horses. It is certainly not a good thing for the horses.