TREATMENT OF HORSES.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,— Competition, it is said, is the soul of trade, and is simple or complex. When complex, competition then requires the moat politic mind to watch its subtle operations. When simple, as in our car-tram traffic, its process may be watched with less difficulty. And, watching it on that field, one can see that competition is the soul of trade indeed ; while it would seem the trade itself is “ far too much at the expense of the souls of the poor horses ”; but not so much the horses of Mr A. Young, for to anyone who has taken a thoughtful note upon this field at all it must have appeared with how'much more moderation Mr Yonng treats his horses!' which in all resare much better-looking than are all the other set. So far, this should be a blessing to Mr Young. As to the other set, it would seem their heels are reserved with curses for hurling at the community by-and-bye, hot for'actual cruelty, for actual cruelty it cannot be said there-is, otherwise the inspector could have them, but for what is going on day after day, ' “ It is the persistent pain which is due to an often overtaxing of the animal’s power. For instance, a man of true feeling would consider the hard and stop-and-tug run from the Monument to the Gardens far too, much fOr continuation by two ordinary horses. This, I think, would not be disputed by anyonO making a'practice of noting the horses after having run their stretch. The almost' bloody nostril and the fearfullycoirtmotlbned bosom, with an almost bloody sweat, is what may 'be observed 'often enough. And again, before' such gasping can settle itself,: the stretch has to foe returned. And on holidays, when the people are making merry, and the company are heaping coins, the holidays are to the horses but distressing days. It is no fiction this, but an observed fact.' Should not cars be registered to carry a certain number, and notone over the register ? That way there '■ would besomeprotection forthe horses. Asit ‘ is it is rather hard on the horses, and they cannot complain. ■ If they could, lam sure they would utter hard things' against their masters, They would solemnly protest that they would sooner forego all the delights of the fields for a hundred years than be one year the horse of a tramoar company or of a i butcher’s boy ; while detesting to be a horse to most bakers- and carters, and many others. - -
Time was when the condition of many working men was no better than the condition of many horses; but as working men acquired the right of.making appeals.fo the world against their Wrongs their wrongs have been redressed; And >so the time may come when even horses may acquire an ability by which they can appeal to all that is noblest in man against their oppression. To the reader of their mystic language they appeal thus already. They groan for a sympathy which will make men feel for them as they feel, And surely their docility, nobility, and usefulness have some claim upon man’s best consideration. The inspector for the prevention of crufelty can go only a certain length; but the public can go all the way, and see to it that the poor, horses are not imposed upon by oyer-: loading. Especially, as the Exhibition is coming on "should there be something done for their protection. It Is very much needed, U))d had. Mr Young done nothing else than the pointing opt of this by his own example of hotter treatment of his, beasts, his coming is not without abetter: purpose than the reduction In the fares by, bis share in the competition. And it is to be hoped that the citizens of Dunedin will turn the lesson to good account by taking care that the City is not being cursed by their want of regard for the good creatures muefr daily tpil in carrying the citizens tO| and fro.— l am, oto., Friend. Dgpedm, October 4, i
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TREATMENT OF HORSES., Evening Star, Issue 8029, 4 October 1889
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