Philippines. Operation Calesa. Animal Welfare for Horse-Drawn Carriages.
The reform's primary thrust comes from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), and Care and Responsibility for Animals (CARA).
The typical scenario is one involving a gaunt, old horse pulling an overloaded wooden carriage in the extreme heat of the tropics, often amidst smoke-belching motor vehicles, salivating profusely from extreme effort. Then, you add the incessant whipping. What do you have? Animal abuse. Improving the horses' lot will mirror the efforts made in cities like New York where animal rights organizations are trying to get rid of horse-drawn carriages entirely. The group representing the carriage drivers in New York offered a compromise that included a two-month vacation for the horses a year. For many animal rights proponents, however, any horse pulling a carriage is an abused animal.