Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City - NYS bill needs support
  • Petitioned Senator Tony Avella

This petition was delivered to:

Senator Tony Avella
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
Senator Andrew J. Lanza
Assemblymember Carl E. Heastie
New York State House
New York State Senate

Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City - NYS bill needs support

    1. Petition by

      Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

In 2007, then Council Member Tony Avella introduced an historic bill into the NY City Council to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry in NYC because it was inhumane and unsafe.  Because of political connections between the Administration, Council leadership and the industry, the bill did not move forward.

 Now NYS Senator Tony Avella and Asssemblymember Linda Rosenthal have introduced a similar bill into the New York State legislature  -- very similar to the original one – which would prohibit the operation of horse-drawn cabs in the City of New York.  The bill would also save the horses from the slaughter auctions.

 We hope that this bill will now stand a better chance, away from the strong political influence the small industry has in New York City.  Please sign this petition, which would send a letter  to your state Senator and Assemblymember.

 If you live outside New York State, your  letter will be sent to the heads of the CITIES  committee and to Senator Avella and Assemblymember Rosenthal.


Recent signatures


    1. Village Voice names carriage horses among 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers

      "9. Carriage horses These horses work in the hottest hot and the coldest cold. Despite the fact even the best-trained horse can be spooked unexpectedly, they walk right in the middle of traffic on the busiest streets of Midtown, even at rush hour. This past year, three have collapsed, one fatally, on the job."

    2. Actor Zach Braff Calls Horse Carriages 'Cruel'

      Zach Braff took to Twitter recently to tell everyone what he thinks of horse-drawn carriages. He said, "(i)f you love animals, don't ever hire a horse carriage to pull you around Manhattan. It is cruel. If you must be pulled, call me: I'll do it." Way to stick up for animals, Zach!

    3. State Senator Avella Tells NYC to Stop Horsing Around

      “The mayor doesn’t know what he’s talking about. They didn’t always exist. The horse carriage industry as we know it today started in 1935, and it was only in the late 1990s that they could go beyond Central Park. To say it’s always existed is to be oblivious,” he said.

      The senator also disagreed with the mayor’s implication that the industry should be preserved for the sake of increased tourism.

      “This is the stupidest statement. You’re not going to tell me that someone from Europe or California is not going to come if we ban horse carriages? That’s just an insult to everything else New York City has to offer,” he said.

    4. The cruel life of a carriage horse

      Op-ed by petition starter, Elizabeth Forel, in the NY Daily News.

    5. Tourists shock as 3rd Central Park carriage horse collapses in just 6 weeks

      NYC's horse-drawn carriage debate goes international with coverage in the UK

    6. Should New York City Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages?

      "On Dec. 4, a white carriage horse collapsed on 59th Street outside New York City's Central Park. It was the third such collapse in six weeks, and it followed the well-publicized death of a horse named Charlie on Oct. 23.

      In the wake of the tragic events, animal rights groups are renewing their calls to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. A petition organized by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages currently has more than 80,000 signatures, spurred by a video of the Dec. 4 collapse"

    7. Reached 100,000 signatures
    8. Another carriage horse collapses in NYC

      Yet another horse collapsed in NYC, this time near FAO Schwartz over the weekend. The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages provided this update: "I hear that the horse got up and appears to be OK.
      HOWEVER, during this season, horses are worked till they drop. The 15 minute break they are supposed to get every two hours is a joke. This inhumane industry must be shut down."

    9. Reached 75,000 signatures
    10. 2nd carriage horse collapses two weeks after carriage horse dies in street

      Two weeks after a sick carriage horse collapsed and died on the job, another carriage horse has collapsed. When you add in at least 6 accidents since July, it's time to get horses off the city streets.

    11. Reached 5,000 signatures
    12. URGENT - WE need your help for the Carriage Horses

      Please write a Letter to the editor at the NY Times. They published a nasty, ignorant piece pro industry piece against what we are doing . We need to flood them with letters.
      150 words; supply your name, address, phone

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. State Legislators Take the Reins of New York City Carriage Horse Debate

      The conflict surrounding New York City's horse-drawn carriages isn't new. Local and national groups have fought for years to get horses out of the city, where the animals are forced to work long hours nose-to-tailpipe, surrounded by frightening...

    15. Check out the Top 15 Reasons NYC Should Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages:

    16. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chandler Easley NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago

      It's smells horrible on central park south!

    • Anika Clarke LAVAL, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      It is important to me because I can see the stress and fear in their eyes as taxis and honking cars race past them on the street! I'm scared of crashing my car when I drive in the city, I can't imagine how they must feel!

    • Jo Anna Arroyo OROVILLE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      "The question is not can they reason? Nor can they talk? But can they suffer?" Yes animals can suffer. Please wake up and do the right thing, end horse drawn carriages.

    • Michelle Hiles OROVILLE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      This is important to me because these horses are under a tremendous amount of stress. New York City is one of the most crowded and noisy cities in the world and that puts a great amount of stress and fear for the horses. This practice is unnecessarary and needs to stop now.

    • Donna Berg BURNSIVILLE, NC
      • 3 months ago

      Save these horses from harm.

      Animals, like humans, suffer emotionally. We must strive to cause them neither physical pain nor emotional anguish. - EXODUS 34:26


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