We need your help if you live outside the United States.
The ongoing petition on Change.org 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: http://news.change.org/stories/state-legislators-take-the-reins-of-new-york-city-carriage-horse-debate
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