Friday, October 22, 2010
Amish Teen Charged With Reckless Horse-and-Buggy Driving and Animal Abuse
Just four days before this incident, four eighteen-year-old Amish boys were arrested for underage drinking and littering. They were caught tossing empty beer cans from their horse-and-buggy. The past year in December, a young Amish man was arrested with charges of a DUI while falling asleep at the reigns of his buggy, leaving his horse to continue down the middle of the road.
However, contrary to these cases, Levi Detweiler was charged with overdriving an animal. Although Detweiler, faced charges of animal abuse. Punishments include paying a modest fine, performing some community service, or at the maximum, spending a few days in jail. Overall, these charges and punishments are nothing more than a "slap on the wrist." At least this time, the horse's torture and overdriving was considered.
New York Governor, David Paterson, is taking steps towards ending cruelty within the commercial carriage horse industry. He said that the horses need to be treated better, or they will simply be banned. Unfortunately, however, it is harder to regulate animal cruelty within the Amish community due to their rejection of the outside world.