TOURISTS TO NYC:  Please help us  ban the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriages
  • Petitioned NYS Senator Tony Avella

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NYS Senator Tony Avella
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

TOURISTS TO NYC: Please help us ban the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriages

    1. Petition by

      Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

We need your help if you live outside the United States. 

The ongoing petition on unfortunately is only for people who live in the United States.  To address all those who wanted to sign but could not, we have begun a new petition for those who live in other countries.    

Please sign if you live in any other country but the US.  If you live in the US, you can sign the original petition:

 As potential tourists to New York City, you have a lot of clout.  Tourism is big business.  But we know that people do not come here to take a carriage ride.   They visit NY for its world renowned theater, music venues, excellent museums, exciting night life, world class restaurants and  shopping – or just to walk and relax in Central Park – but not to take a carriage ride.   

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, 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 – something that is not happening now.    

 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 both Senator Avella and Assemblymember Rosenthal.  They will use these letters to help make their case.   Thank you

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia D'Errico, M.A. DORVAL, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      New York, New are the model for film, culture, art, and human liberty. The advancement of human liberty has evolved to include the freedom of mammals, especially those who have played an essential role towards the gaining of human liberty in North America. Do the right thing and legislate a stop to what is essentially, an atavistic practice: that of the horse-borne carriage ride through city streets filled with noise, smog, and filth. Please revisit the wisdom of continuing a practice, which I, as a foreign national, will monitor in order to weigh whether my visits to your country will include NY as a city which is avant-garde or sadly behind the times. Thank you.

    • Bonnie Costello GERMANTOWN, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why are we even wanting to pull people around one of the busiest cities in the world with horses??? Cabs, walking, buses,...People please, wake up!! Horses belong on a farm being horses, not victims!

    • Linda Harris DULUTH, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      You know I happen to live in Duluth MN and we have horse drawn carriages in the summertime. It is alot of fun. The problem isn't the horse drawn carriage the real problem lay in the inhumane treatment of the horses. Change that and you can have you cake and eat it to. What I am really petitioning is the ridiculouse treatment of the horses. I mean common it doesn't have to be like that. Why can't they be more humane to these fine animals? Why is that so impossible? Who is in charge of opperations? Who oversees the horse drawn carriages? Who pays for the horses upkeep? That is what needs fixing. They need to be petitioned into reality and realize people won't tolerate inhumane treatment of the horses. Period!

    • a k RIO VISTA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's time for this quaint activity's way to hard on the horses who have to have to breathe car, bus and truck exhaust much less the crazy drivers ... Horses do NOT belong IN the Big cities!

    • Carmen Rico TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Stop the misery of these beautiful animals, ban horse drawn carriages once and for all!!


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