If you thought Bloomberg’s soda ban was silly, just wait for what Bloomberg’s successor wants to ban.
Bloomberg’s on his way out, and Bill de Blasio’s on his way in. He’s vowed to get rid of the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, a popular tourist attraction that’s been around for 100 years. He made his intentions clear at a recent press conference:
“We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period…
We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City. They are not humane. They are not appropriate to the year 2014. It’s over.”
He told reporters at the press conference that he would work with existing carriage drivers to help them transition away from horses and toward something else more humane and modern, like antique-looking electric cars. Personally, I can’t think of anything more romantic than that.
Of course, the animal rights activists are lauding de Blasio for his steadfast resolve in banning these abusive attractions. Stacy Wolf with some stupid animal rights group said in a statement to NBC News:
“We believe that the use of carriage horses in 21st century New York City is unnatural, unnecessary, and an undeniable strain on the horses’ quality of life.”
Horses have been used this way for thousands of years. It’s how they were designed.
But that’s not really what this is about. It’s the same rhetoric they use with everything else they don’t like. Since it’s not necessary, then it should be banned. Like certain types of guns and magazines, or containers that hold more than 16 ounces of soda. It is true that no one needs to drink more than 16 ounces of soda. In fact, no one needs sugary drinks at all. What we do need is water. So, by their logic, every other drink should be banned. They’re not necessary. They’re not “sustainable.”
I wonder if de Blasio is going to also get rid of the NYPD’s mounted police. You know, the police that ride around the city on horseback? Isn’t that also “unnatural, unnecessary and an undeniable strain on the horses’ quality of life?” Shouldn’t the NYPD adopt a more humane and “modern” mode of transportation? Aren’t horses “outdated?” They need to get with it and join the 21st century.
True to political establishment elitism, the ban will only apply to non-government entities. Governments can have whatever they want. They can have whatever guns they want with whatever capacity magazines they want. And I’m sure Bloomberg had a secret stash of 20-ounce soda containers handy just in case his ban went through.
The NYPD will get to keep their beasts of burden while those in the irresponsible and abusive private sector will be outlawed.