Petitioning NY City Council Inez E. Dickens and 21 others

Please support and pass legislation that will ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC in 2014. They are inhumane and unsafe.

Please support and pass legislation that will ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC.  Intro 573, which would ban horse-drawn carriages was introduced into the City Council in December 2014.  We ask that you support this bill.  This has been a long time in coming and we finally have a mayor who understands that horses do not belong in the crowded and congested streets of NYC.  It is inhumane and it is dangerous.   

 Horses work the crowded and congested streets of midtown Manhattan, including Times Square. The slow moving and flimsy carriages are accidents waiting to happen, pulled by sensitive and unpredictable horses.  Weighing between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds, these horses, who are prey animals, can spook in terror at the slightest provocation and bolt into traffic, becoming unwitting weapons. They can kill and injure themselves and unsuspecting pedestrians. In 2010 a French tourist was killed in Salzburg, Austria when a panicked and out of control carriage horse bolted and trampled her.   The same thing can easily happen here.   

 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.  There is a big turnover of horses in this business – 529 over 7 ½ years. Records of their disposition are not required by the Department of Health and it is thought that many go on to the kill auctions. 

 This is not the kind of life these majestic animals deserve.  Times are changing.  More and more people around the world are opposed to this practice.   It is time to shut this industry down and for NYC to move into the 21st century with compassion for all beings.

 

 As for the horses, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has said they not only have homes for all the horses but there is a waiting list.  If the horses end up at the kill auctions, it will be a spiteful owner who brings them there.

For further information, please visit http://banhdc.org/

 

Letter to
NY City Council Inez E. Dickens
NY City Council Karen Koslowitz
NY City Council Jimmy Van Bramer
and 19 others
NY City Council Deborah Rose
NY City Council Annabel Palma
Speaker NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
NY City Council Corey Johnson
Mayor City of New York Mayor Bill deBlasio
NY City Council Ben Kallos
NY City Council Robert Cornegy
NY City Council Julissa Ferreras
NY City Council Helen Rosenthal
NY City Council Daniel Dromm
NY City Council Margaret Chin
NY City Council Rosie Mendez
NY City Council Ydanis Rodriguez
NY City Council Darlene Mealy
NY City Council Jimmy Vacca
NY City Council Mathieu Eugene
NY City Council Daniel Garodnick
NY City Council Mark Levine
NY City Council Rafael Espinal (NY City Council)
Please support and pass legislation that will ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC in 2014. They are inhumane and unsafe.