PETA Wants Horse-Drawn Carriages Removed From Central Park

September 20, 2006

NEW YORK -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for all horse-drawn carriages in New York to be shut down.

The move came after a horse named Juliet died in Central Park last week. Owner Antonio Provenzano said he called a veterinarian and was told the horse probably had colic, and needed to get walking to push gas and waste out of her system.

Provenzano says he began striking her in the flank with a thin whip in an attempt to make her stand, but in doing so infuriated a crowd of onlookers. The horse was eventually taken back to the stable in a police van, where she died.

The ASPCA is looking into the death. But PETA officials said that's not good enough, saying that carriage horses must be removed from the city.

Provenzano said he loved his horse and treated her well.

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