...something forgotten for a long, long time – the fearful, amazing equine influenza epidemic which affected an estimated 80-99 percent of the horses in 33 states, Canada and Cuba in the brief period of time between Sept. 25, 1872 and March 7, 1873 and became known as “The Great Epizootic.” In that era there were some 600,000 equines in New York State alone! Horses literally ‘made the world turn’ for mankind.
"Within the next six months, 80-99 percent of all vehicles with an internal combustion engine will slow down and stop altogether for several weeks. Up to 10 percent of them will never be restarted."
...by the late 1800s, the problem of horse pollution had reached unprecedented heights. The growth in the horse population was outstripping even the rapid rise in the number of human city dwellers. American cities were drowning in horse manure as well as other unpleasant byproducts of the era’s predominant mode of transportation: urine, flies, congestion, carcasses, and traffic accidents. Widespread cruelty to horses was a form of environmental degradation as well.
The situation seemed dire. In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950 every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. One New York prognosticator of the 1890s concluded that by 1930 the horse droppings would rise to Manhattan’s third-story windows. A public health and sanitation crisis of almost unimaginable dimensions loomed.
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