The return of a Kansas City tradition has sparked ire among local animal lovers.
To wit and because that photo up top is from a few years ago but still seems to sum up the current political zeitgeist . . .
ONCE AGAIN, ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS OPPOSE HORSE CARRIAGE RIDES OVER ALLEGED CRUELTY!!!
A couple of notes have been sent our way on this topic but we feel like we need to share information to clear up some common misconceptions . . .
Here's a resource to contradict a few claims from activists . . .
MU College Of Veterinary Medicine: Coronavirus - Disease in Horses is Different to Humans
Still, the complaints go beyond pandemic risk.
Here's part of a plea sent our way . . .
"Our equine friends shouldn't be shown such cruelty. They are not transportation. The horses have rights and parading them around for amusement on city streets is the very opposite of holiday goodwill and kindness. It's harmful for the horses who belong in nature and not next to cars. Chicago will ban horse drawn carriages next year. Kansas City needs to be on that same path. The horse carriage rides on the Plaza are a step backward."
Here's the mainstream media news counterpoint . . .
Deets . . .
"Horse-drawn carriages return to the Country Club Plaza at a time when many people want a sense of normalcy during the holidays. There are new precautions added to an old tradition . . . In addition to being in fresh air, they've added hand sanitizer, masks and social distancing. They're limiting it to one group per carriage on every carriage, even the big one so that people are safe and there's adequate social distance. Most make reservations ahead of time, limiting contact with others."
You decide . . .