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What becomes of horses no longer able to work?

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - With the debate raging over whether or not to keep the horse carriage industry in New York City, Fox 5 News took a closer look at what would become of the horses if they were banned.

Horses that are not wanted or needed often end up at auctions. If the horses are not purchased by someone who will care for them, many are shipped off to kill buyers across the border.

Undercover video of the New Holland auction in Pennsylvania showed several horses that appeared extremely thin with protruding rib cages and hip bones.

In New York City, horses that are used to pull carriages carrying tourists and New Yorkers alike have two medical exams a year and a five week vacation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a pledge to ban the horse carriage trade even before he was in office. He has proposed using electric vehicles instead of horses.

Two separate bills were recently introduced in the state legislature that would protect the trade that has been in business for more than 150 years.
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