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.
This industry is inherently inhumane and dangerous. Horses are allowed to work the crowded and congested streets of NYC around the park and into Times Square. The slow moving and flimsy carriages are accidents waiting to happen with carriages pulled by sensitive horses. At 1,500 to 2,000 pounds, the horses, who are prey animals, can spook at the slightest provocation and bolt into traffic, becoming unwitting weapons.
The horses may legally work up to nine hours a day, seven days a week and do not have any turn out to pasture. They live in multi storied stables in the far west side of Manhattan away from the public – mostly on upper floors – in stalls that are less than one half the size of what experts recommend. At the end of their “career” approximately 60-70 a year drop off the rolls of the Department of Health because records of their disposition are not required. Many end up at the slaughter auctions.
It is time to shut this industry down and for NYC to move into the 21st century with compassion for all beings. Please support these two bills. For further information go to www.banhdc.org.