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Petitioning NYS Senator Tony Avella and 1 other

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

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

Letter to
NYS Senator Tony Avella
State Representative Linda Rosenthal
I am so pleased to hear that you have introduced a bill (S5013 and A7748) into the New York State legislature to Prohibit the Operation of Horse Drawn Cabs in the City of New York.

As visitors to your great city, this is welcome news. Those of us who have visited your city have avoided the area near Central Park so as not to see the dispirited horses. We have loved all the other attractions your city has to offer and hope you are successful in this venture to make New York City more humane.

We have seen NYC carriage horses in the heaviest traffic, including in Times Square. These slow moving and flimsy carriages are accidents waiting to happen with carriages pulled by sensitive horses. At upwards of 2,000 pounds, the horses, who are prey animals, can spook at the slightest provocation and bolt into traffic, becoming unwitting weapons. There have been accidents all over the world in which horses and people have been killed.

This is simply not appropriate in a modern city and I note that the 2011 edition of Frommer’s NYC Guide lists carriage horse rides under “Here are some things not to do in NYC” saying that they belong on the streets as much as chamber pots belong in our homes.

Many of us will not visit your city until this cruel industry is no longer.

It is time to shut this industry down and for NYC to move into the 21st century with compassion for all beings.

Thank you.