New York City is famous for the carriage horses that give rides to tourists in and around Central Park. In recent years a great deal of controversy has arisen about whether it is fair to the horses to live and work in such an urban environment. For those working in the business the horses are their love and livelihood, and for many visitors to NYC it is a delight to see the horses.
(Update: reader Maria, who is involved with the carriage horse business, has pointed out the documentary that started this post is very hostile to the carriage horse business, and in fairness readers should check out her comments, to see both sides of the story. I have also modified my own post to be more objective, reserving judgement on whether the carriage business is nice or naughty.)
Some animal rights groups have condemned the business as cruel. A new documentary, called "Blinders" (not yet released) is a critique of New York City carriage horses. Please note: the trailer contains some disturbing images.
Additionally, there is an online news video, which discusses both sides of the issue, here.
The Horse and Carriage Association of New York supports the carriage horse business, but I have not found a link for them yet. There have been some attempts to reach a compromise by restricting the carriage rides to Central Park and other modifications, but it is not clear whether those compromises will move forward.
More news in the future, as I find it...