What does Mayor de Blasio think will happen to the horses when he bans horse drawn carriage rides?

I often ask people a simple economics question.  Do you think that there will be more or fewer trees if environmentalists could force people to use less paper?  How about this: would their be more or fewer chickens if people stopped eating chicken?  Possibly chickens don't have a wonderful life, but would they rather have never have existed?

de Blasio says that he wants to ban horse drawn carriages to protect the horses, but what does he think is going to happen to the horses?  Will people just move the horses to beautiful fields where the horses will be feed and cared for at someone's expense?  The more valuable the horse, the more people will put into keeping it healthy.  My guess is that some of these horse will live much shorter lives if de Blasio gets his way.



Blogger Good Greg said...

Holy Crap! I read that article and thought it was a satire piece. What an a$$hat.

1/02/2014 10:01 AM  
Blogger Sherm said...

No one proposing these types of things ever thinks through the consequences. The idea, as I understand it, is to replace the carriages with electric very expensive electric cars which the present carriage operators will be able to purchase with a subsidized loan. No word on why anyone would pay to be driven around in an electric car, no matter how old fashioned it looked.

Similar lack of foresight occurred when horse slaughtering was banned in the US. Accounts of abandoned and starving horses are legion because there was no affordable way to dispose of horses that were truly worthless. Again, no one explained how an owner that couldn't afford to feed his animals was supposed to be able to afford disposal fees in the hundreds of dollars.


1/02/2014 2:42 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

If one considers the costs of keeping a horse versus euthanization of an animal that no one can afford, where's the benefit?

1/03/2014 1:11 PM  

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