One of France’s oldest breeds of heavy horses, the Poitevin, may be saved from extinction if breeders succeed in convincing local authorities to draft them into service to pull dustbin carts.
Dozens of French towns and villages have already ditched dustbin lorries in favour of horses and carts as a greener way to collect household waste.
Dunno about greener – there’s probably more methane from those guts than there is CO2 from a lorry.
However, the breweries that retained horses on their drays did find that they appeared to be more cost effective up out to 4 miles from the brewery. Plus they were great advertising. Add in some little value, whatever you might want to think of, of “saving” the breed and you might well be onto an economic winner there.
I don’t say that’s true, only that it’s entirely possible. The biggest barrier I see to it in fact is being able to pay the people with that rare skill these days of being able to manage a team in harness.