New York City horses are completely deprived of proper rest, having no daily pasture time whatsoever, only a non-level street pavement (depicted in photo) that rivals the non-level stable floors that damage their joints and hooves. The NYC environment is barbaric for the majestic horse!
According to NY1 TV, the last horse-drawn taxi stopped operating on July 26, 1917.
When did the present day horse-drawn carriage trade for tourists begin? It began during the mayoral term of Irish born William O'Dwyer, the 100th mayor of New York City. He was elected in 1945, heavily backed by the Tammany Hall Democrats. Eventually confronted with a police corruption scandal, he resigned from office on August 31, 1950.
O'Dwyer always looked out for his Irish friends and during his time in office, he issued 68 medallions to these friends to set them up in business giving carriage rides to tourists. These medallions are privately owned. To this day, there are O'Dwyers still involved with the business of the carriage industry.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary located in New York's Hudson Valley.
CAS recently rescued 62 chickens from certain death.
Animal rescue at Catskill Animal Sanctuary is made possible thru private donations from good people just like you.
Yesterday, we launched our first-ever TV campaign questioning how Christine Quinn can waffle on the issues that mean the most to New Yorkers, yet ask for our votes in this year’s mayoral election. And we aren’t doing it alone – we are thrilled to announce the formation of a coalition of partners dedicated to defeating Quinn’s mayoral bid - New York is Not For Sale 2013.
Watch our coalition’s first TV ad here which aired on MSNBC, NY1 and CNN:
To all our biggest supporters (aka you!): The cat's out of the bag (or perhaps I should say the horse is out of the barn...)
Minutes ago, NYCLASS kicked off our historical Anybody But Quinn Campaign to make sure that Chrstine Quinn, a staunch opponent of animals rights, does NOT become the next Mayor of NYC. Read about it here.
Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and concerned activists to protest the inhumane, cruel and abusive horse-drawn carriage trade.
WHEN: Saturday March 9th - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
WHERE: north side of Central Park South west of Fifth Avenue
After being accused of murdering horses on the set of their show Luck, HBO quickly canceled the racing drama in March, but the alleged atrocities are not dead and buried for the network.
Barbara Casey, who worked as the director of production in the American Humane Association's film and television unit, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer and HBO, claiming wrongful termination and accusing the network and producer Stewart Productions of aiding and abetting an alleged abuse coverup, reported the Hollywood Reporter.
According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Casey says the AHA observed drugged horses, underweight and/or sick horses routinely used for work on the show, and the misidentification of horses by producers so that animal safety reps couldn't track their medical histories.
The 13-year veteran of the AHA claimed that both HBO and Stewart Productions wanted to save time and money and pressured the animal protection organization to allow them to violate the AHA's safety standards.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, three horses died (with a fourth death suspected) on the set of the Dustin Hoffman drama that was filmed at the Santa Anita, Calif. racetrack.
"This lawsuit shows that the days when animals could be abused and killed behind the closed doors of the film and television industry are over. If you harm an animal in Hollywood, PETA is going to find out," PETA spokesperson Wendy Wegner tells RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview.
PETA had initially demanded an investigation in February 2012 after the first deaths were brought to light, when they accused HBO of "putting old, unfit horses on a track" resulting in their murder.
"AHA bowed to political and financial pressure and refused to report the Production Defendants' conduct to the authorities," Casey claims in the suit. "AHA instructed Plaintiff not to report such conduct. AHA engaged in efforts to conceal and cover up the production defendants' criminal activities.
"The production defendants intentionally misidentified horses so that the humane officers and/or animal safety representatives could not track their medical histories," the lawsuit alleged.
Casey even accuses the AHA of going as far as to cover up the death of a horse named Hometrader by telling its representatives not to document the thoroughbred fatality because he was killed during the summer hiatus and not while filming. She states that it was unlawful to terminate her and retaliate against her for an attempt to report criminal activity.
It is peak tourism season and the carriage horses are working double and triple time today.
And so are we — that’s why myself and a team of volunteers are hitting the streets to raise awareness and garner support for stopping the abuse of horses in NYC. Before I head back out, I wanted to update you on the progress of the $10,000 “New Year” fundraising goal:
Thanks to folks like you, we’ve raised $3,975 in just over a week and are well on our way toward starting 2013 right! Pitch in $5 or more to help us get there!
The last few weeks have energized NYCLASS and made ending the abuse of carriage horses a major issue in the 2013 elections. That’s why next year can be the year of the horse in local government — but only if we have the resources to build momentum.
Make sure you contribute to the $10,000 "New Year" fund — give $5 or more today >>
Together, we’re going to save these horses, one battle at a time.
There's been more than a dozen confirmed carriage horse accidents in the past year and a half, including last Monday's accident when Henry the Horse scraped up his leg near 67th Street. But what about all the accidents that go unreported?
We can't count on the industry to speak the truth. We depend on local residents and businesses near the carriage horse route to take photos and call NYCLASS when they witness an incident. Many local businesses want to help the horses, but they don't know what to do, and who to contact when they witness an accident.
We'll be doing outreach to hotel staff, concierges, doorpeople, restaurants, coffee shops, etc in the Central Park area, and leave flyers with instructions on how to report an accident anonymously and effectively.
We've got a huge area to cover, so please sign up to pitch in and help:
Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall says the decision by the National Institutes of Health to remove 110 of its chimpanzees from invasive biomedical research is a “hugely important first step” toward ending experimentation on man’s closest biological relative. But there is considerable controversy over where most of the chimps will be moved, and concern about the health of some chimps.
BIG NEWS! In the past few weeks, we’ve been putting the finishing touches on an incredible, spectacular, star-studded Gala to stop horse carriages happening on October 23rd! The celebrity attendee list just keeps growing and growing, with Pamela Anderson as MC, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts performing LIVE, Russell Simmons, Liv Tyler, Kathy Najimy, Kristen Johnson, and more coming out to help us ban the carriage horse industry in New York – and you can join them!
It will be a night to remember and one you can’t miss – get your ticket for the event online today!
We will all walk down the red carpet and be treated to an amazing 4-course vegan dinner by Blossom, Lavo, Tao, Candle 79, and Peter Ambrose.
Buy your ticket now before they sell out and get ready for an amazing night of activism out on the town!
And here’s the best part: every single penny of your ticket goes directly to help NYCLASS’ campaign to end the cruel abuse of carriage horses on New York streets. October 23rd also happens to be the one year anniversary of the horse Charlie’s death, and we will be honoring his sacrifice as we push forward with our plans to pass Intro 86A in New York City.
So come join us and rub elbows with Celebrity Horse Heroes and help us put an end to the abuse!
Dear Animal Rights Advocate,
Thank you for contacting me regarding Intro. 86, legislation introduced by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito that would, among other things, replace horse drawn carriages in New York City with alternative fuel powered classic cars.
The challenges that carriage horses in our city face are something that the NYC Council and I take very seriously, and I greatly appreciate you writing to me on behalf of these special animals.
In fact, it was out of care and concern for these horses that we passed new carriage horse regulations in 2010 requiring, among other things, that horses have larger stalls, five weeks of vacation and rest per year, and blankets in cold and wet weather. Our legislation also included several important safety requirements. For example, carriages must have emergency brakes and reflective material. They must also be equipped with manure-catching devices. And new horse carriage operators must now have a driver's license and go through additional training.
Given the tough economic times that we're in, we continue to believe that this legislation strikes a fair balance between having stronger regulations in place to protect these horses while allowing an industry that generates vital jobs and tourism for our city to continue.
However, we'll certainly keep your strong support for Intro. 86 in mind as we continue to look for ways to help further improve and protect the lives of these special animals.
In the meantime, I would encourage folks to report any violations of the City's carriage horse rules directly to the ASPCA. The ASPCA has been actively involved in horse carriage enforcement activities in the past and has continued to play an integral role in the protection of these animals under our new regulations. They can be reached by phone at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again for contacting me regarding Intro. 86. Your care and concern for these horses are greatly appreciated.
Christine C. Quinn
So STILL NOTHING for the horses!
Council Members Margaret Chin and Peter Koo have received over 1750 letters thanking them for supporting legislation to stop horse carriages!
We cannot tell you what that kind of grassroots support means to our campaign to retire the carriage horses – we’re showing our elected Horse Heroes that we’ve got their backs, and future co-sponsors that we’ll have theirs, too.
Thank you! Our next step is to grow our campaign even more to reach the rest of the City Council Members who are still undecided on whether or not they’ll support the carriage horses. Can you help us raise $10,000 online to hit our goal by September 30th?
We’ve proven that our grassroots efforts work, so the more people we reach, the more we can do to educate and sway undecided City Council Members our way for the horses.
Help us reach our next milestone – raising $10,000 by September 30th online! Just $5 or more goes a long way.
Watch the thermometer rise as we head towards our goal – together we can do this!
Thanks for being a Horse Hero,
In the wake of yesterday's runaway carriage horse incident in Columbus Circle, state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal are renewing calls to ban horse-drawn carriages.
The two lawmakers co-sponsored a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, calling the industry inhumane and dangerous.
We need an army of volunteers on Central Park South, and here's why:
The carriage horses have been suspended for the past three days due to the heat wave (over 90 degrees = suspension).
Unfortunately, they'll be back on the streets this weekend, as temperatures dip to the mid 80's. That means the carriage drivers will be out in full force trying to make up for lost income.
That's where you can help. Volunteer for tourist outreach Saturday 6/23 or 6/30 1-4 PM. We'll be handing out literature listing alternative activities for tourists in Central Park, and also collecting petitions. This polite, non-confrontational approach really works in swaying tourists away from the carriages! (Check out pics from past weekends at www.justsayneigh.tumblr.com)
We'll meet at 59th St & 5th Ave by the horse statue, and I'll have t-shirts & materials for everyone. If you don't see us, please call my cell at (908) 370-2689.
Hope to see you these next two Saturdays for the horses.
This is a quick reminder that today (Friday) at 12:00 PM SHARP is the Rally & Press Conference to Stop Horse Carriages on the steps of City Hall. Enter the gate at Broadway and Murray St.
Directions: Take the N, R train to City Hall or 4,5,6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.
IMPORTANT: When you arrive, go through security and directly to the stairs to take your place.
See you at City Hall. My cell is 908-370-2689.
City Hall on Monday, May 21 at 1:30 PM for the horsesTomorrow is the big rally & press conference for horses! RSVP now!
On Monday, May 21 at 1:30 PM, rally on the steps of City Hall with NYCLASS, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, PETA, Rational Animal, Animal Haven, Catskill Animal Sanctuary and numerous elected offiials.
It's time to send the message loud and clear: YES to electric vintage replica cars, and NO to horse abuse. New Yorkers want an end to the dangerous, abusive NYC carriage horse industry. City Council has the power to put a stop to this - and NYCLASS has a solution and the backing of 83,000 petitions.
Can I count on you to be at City Hall on Monday, May 21 at 1:30 PM for the horses?
See you at City Hall, Horse Heroes!
The fallout has already begun after sickening footage of show horses being beaten, kicked and poked with electric prods was released.
Soft drinks giant PepsiCo has withdrawn its sponsorship of this summer's annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration after The Humane Society of the United States posted the shocking video on its website earlier this week.
A HSUS undercover investigator secretly taped the footage over several weeks in 2011 at the Whittier Stables in Collierville, TN.
We're calling on City Council to stop the dangerous, inhumane carriage horse industry. We have a common sense solution to replace horses carriages with vintage replica cars - and we'll deliver 83,000 petitions in support!
Join NYCLASS, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Rational Animal, Animal Haven & PETA for a press conference & rally for carriage horses on the steps of City Hall!
We'll have t-shirts and signs for everyone.
RSVP AT WWW.NYCLASS.ORG/MAY21
Questions: email@example.com 212-626-6991
A new bill aims to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York. Jane Velez-Mitchell sits down with the filmmaker.
Manhattan Media's newspapers - West Side Spirit, Our Town and NY Press - did a recent cover story on the carriage horse issue. While we are always glad to see the issue getting coverage, there were several mistakes or questionable statements that are worth pointing out. They include:
"Horses are supposed to work every other day and only for nine hours at a time, giving them the chance to rest after a day of lugging carriages and tourists around from the day before, a result of previous legislature to ensure the horses are treated fairly." This is not true. By law, horses are allowed to work nine hours a day, seven days a week. See the Administrative Code - Section 17-330-g.
"The event touted the industry's partnership with Blue Star Equiculture of Palmer, Mass., where retired horses go to live after serving on the streets of New York City." This self-described "official" carriage horse "retirement facility" only has two NYC carriage horses. Department of Health records show a yearly turnover of between 60 and 70 carriage horses. Where do all of them go?
"Last year, the ASPCA did an intensive study of the horses for 281 days and found no instances of abuse, according to McHugh." If this did happen, where is the report? We are not aware of it.
"We support any legislation that gets these horses out of harm's way," said Carly Marie Knudson, executive director of NYCLASS, a group that wants to end the use of carriage horses in the city." - This is unfortunately not true - and we wonder why NY-Class does not give their support to the Avella/Rosenthal state bill. The bills are not in competition. But NY Class only supports the electric car bill, which has raised many questions. When they introduced the bill in 2010, it did not include any protection for the horses, as our bill did. I asked Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito to add the section making the drivers accountable for their horses and ensuring that they would all be saved. That is why it is now called Intro 86A.
"The horses are kept in four stables on the Upper West Side," The horse stables are in Hell's Kitchen, between W. 37th St. and W. 52nd St. and between 10th and 12th Avenues.
"Conor McHugh, a carriage driver of 26 years, said protesters of the industry have yelled at customers and at times thrown water or spit on them for taking a ride." I have never witnessed or heard of such behavior from activists. I did, however, hear about one of the prominent carriage owners throwing horse manure at activists.
4/4/12 - No Horsing Around this Time - Will the Central Park horses finally be outlawed? By Anam Baig and Sean Creamer - Central Park's horse-drawn carriages have been a traditional New York City tourist attraction since the 1930s, but animal rights activists have been pushing for years to close the stables, free the horses and find them a home outside the Big Apple. Three recent incidents involving the horses have resparked the debate and shed light again on the horses and the iconic tourist experience. March 3, a horse was spooked on the Upper West Side and took off, dragging a tipped carriage through heavy traffic. Last December, a horse collapsed near Grand Army Plaza at 59th Street while pulling a carriage holding three adults and a child, tossing them to the ground. In October, another horse, Charlie, died while pulling a carriage on the way to Central Park. Those in favor of the horse carriages claim that the incidents are sporadic and don't reflect the high standard used by the industry. The opponents claim that it's just another day at work for the horses. Continued
Wedding day horror as bolting horse throws bride, groom and daughter, 4, from carriage into path of traffic on way to reception A couple in England hire a horse-drawn carriage. This from the article: But Mrs Sykes said the drivers jumped from the carriage when they realised the horse was going too quickly. The horse began bucking and then hit a lamppost, dumping the couple and their daughter into the road. They were all injured. It is not known what happened to the horse.
From the Vienna Times, dated 4/4/12 - Fiaker goes on the loose in Vienna ["Faiker" is a horse-drawn carriage."] Two Fiaker horses took off with their carriage and went on the loose from their stand in Vienna city centre. The two horses fled from their owner at Vienna's Heldenplatz - they managed to get to Michaelerplatz before they were stopped. Nobody was injured in the event, but one of the horses has a slight foot injury. According to police the Fiaker driver was at the stand at around 7.30pm on Easter Sunday and was about to leave for the day when the two horses were startled by a passing car. The owner tried to stop the horses but the horses fled with their harnesses and their carriage attached through the city centre. The horses and carriage were stopped when one of the horses tripped and police could stop the animals and bring them to safety. Nobody was injured.
This video is a few years old from YouTube but it shows how easily horses spook; how their behavior influences the other horses - a "herd" mentality; and how hard it is to control them. The announcer continuously says "Stay quiet, stay quiet, stay quiet" - and then just as it is almost over announces "we need someone to go to the show office and get us an ambulance." Notice the number of people it took to get the horses under control. Notice that more horses joined the fray. Notice how the horses ran into the crowd and how people ran to get out of their way. These horses could easily have killed someone. They were afraid and they most likely weigh close to 2,000 pounds.
Like circus elephants who go berserk and charge into the street, often trampling bystanders and getting killed themselves, horses do not belong in crowded cities pulling carriages. They can spook at the slightest provocation.