So, let's just say I wasn't surprised when I ran across a message board discussing The Celebrity Apprentice and a recent task involving NYC carriage horses. Now, don't get me wrong - I'm not your average bleeding-heart liberal, but let's just say that being a NYC carriage horse isn't exactly living like "The Donald."
Both terrible living and working conditions have led to proposed legislation to ban carriage-horse rides in NYC. I don't live anywhere near NYC, but apparently this is a hot issue there. Certainly one that Donald Trump should have heard about. After all, he was quick to criticize Carol Alt for not being familiar with "Easy Pay" after she worked for QVC for 5 years. How could Donald Trump not have heard of the carriage-horse controversy in his home town?
Week after week he airs a show that contributes a large amount of money to charity, yet he organizes celebrities to exploit helpless animals. That episode did nothing more than glamorize a business that activists have worked hard to outlaw. I doubt seriously that Trump could defend such disreputable practices, but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he thinks animal abuse is a necessary evil in a capitalist society.
Donald Trump should seriously consider doing what Ellen Degeneres did and devote some airtime and financial support to to enlighten the public about this disgraceful business.
By the way, a lot of people are pretty steamed at Trace Adkins for the same episode. I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt that animal cruelty didn't even cross his mind during this particular task. If it did, he deserves the same criticism I just dished out to Trump.