The Center for a Humane Economy, Ryder, says the city’s 160 horsepower remains under threat from industry that puts the cart before the horse
— Wayne Pacelle, President, Center for a Human Economy
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, August 30, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Center for a Human Economy located Ryder, the New York carriage horse whose breakdown on the streets of Manhattan shocked animal lovers everywhere and exposed the callous treatment of horses and the lack of industry or government oversight over the small industry.
“Thanks to a tenacious horse rescuer and detective in upstate New York, we know Ryder is at Clover Hill Farm in Wallkill, New York,” said Julie Marshall of the Center for a Humane Economy. “It’s good news that we know where Ryder is. But it’s bad news that he landed at this operation. In short, we don’t think he’s safe at Clover Hill Farm.
Clover Hill Farm does not have the hallmark features or practices of a sanctuary. Its central mission appears to be commercial, not centered on the idea of expertly caring for sick, abandoned or unwanted horses or providing them with lifelong care and safety.
“This farm is aligned and connected with the worst players in the carriage horse industry and it’s obvious that Ryder’s move there was designed to keep eyes on this horse, while the industry provides false assurances that he is recovering and in a place with excellent caretaking capacity,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy.
“Ryder should be turned over to a legitimate sanctuary, and experienced, independent vets should be allowed to examine the horses so we don’t see more of them collapsing on the city streets.”
Two weeks ago, dozens of horrified New Yorkers captured footage of the frail bay horse as he lay on the scorching sidewalk. The video showed Ryder’s driver, Ian McKeever, yelling at him and whipping him in an attempt to get the animal to its feet. Eventually, rescuers doused the horse with cool water. After more than an hour, Ryder finally stood up, prompting cheers from passers-by.
For Ryder and other horses enlisted in carriage horse duty, however, relief from carriage duty is not the end of their peril. After years of dodging traffic of cars and trucks on hot summer days, sometimes guarded by drivers unconcerned with ensuring adequate watering and feeding, retirement can often mean brief stays in farms before the animals undergo long and dangerous truck journeys to the slaughterhouse. factories in Canada or Mexico.
According to the New York Post, a vague statement from a person allegedly in the know tried to reassure Ryder supporters that the horse is “enjoying his retirement on an upstate farm.” An unverified photo was offered of a similar-looking bay horse, but its face was in a bag of food and could not be seen.
Officials at the Center for a Humane Economy were skeptical and, after dozens of phone calls and emails, were able to confirm the horse’s whereabouts at Clover Hill Farm in Wallkill, New York.
“Employee of the center and former journalist Julie Marshall posted yesterday on Ryder’s whereabouts in an in-depth column that included issues besetting the carriage horse industry.
While Clover Hill Farm may provide stables and longer term care for its horses, its business model is to attract tourists and sell products including meat and other animal products.
The operation’s website says, “Our animals are living the good life” – whatever they can, until “the time comes to put them down…[when] they are taken to certified cruelty-free facilities” and sold at an “on-site meat shop.”
Clover Hill Farm provides accommodation, by definition a temporary arrangement, and does not claim to provide long term rescue services. This means that Ryder’s placement in the facility may be short-term and his long-term safety at risk.
Clover Hill Farm refused several requests from our investigator to take photos of Ryder that could be verified, including one on August 29.
The Center for a Humane Economy wrote about the horse’s welfare before its collapse and published a report from one of its in-house veterinarians, Dr. Jim Keen, DVM. The group also called for a temporary ban on all carriage rides. in New York until the examinations of other horses can be examined.
The Center for a Humane Economy is a non-profit organization that aims to influence business conduct to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal welfare movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and environmental degradation and embrace innovation as a means to eliminate both .