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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.

Contact for this group!
Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Horses Without Carriages International


From the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages Newsletter April 15, 2012

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.


SIGN UP FOR LOBBY DAY. We hope you will join us for Lobby Day in Albany on May 1st to support the Avella/Rosenthal bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. Please do not worry about your knowledge of the bill. You will be part of a team and I promise you - if you choose - you will not have to say anything more than your name -- and maybe not even that. Please -- let's show our legislators that there is support for this issue. Sign up now. Click Here to sign up for the League of Humane Voters round trip bus to Albany, which is only $20.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to attend Lobby Day -- and are not going by the LoHV bus, please click on the LOHV link above, and then click on "no thanks, I'll make my own arrangements" and enter your contact information so LoHV can determine who your legislators are and be able to contact and coordinate with you the day of the event.


From the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages Newsletter April 15, 2012

We are proud to announce that Jane Velez-Mitchell will once again be at our fund raiser to speak out for the carriage horses. Last June, Jane did a show on the NYC carriage horse issue and interviewed Senator Tony Avella. Click here for the video. She gave a plug to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and the award winning documentary "Blinders: the Truth Behind the Tradition."

Please check out our invitation Tickets are $45 until the day of the fund raiser when the price is $50 at the door so please support this cause now.

We are also very pleased to have Maria Milito, from radio station Q104.3, as our host. Some of you may know her as a frequent guest host on NY1's The Call. Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal will be on hand to talk about their bill in Albany to ban horse-drawn carriages. Entertainment will be provided by singers Joy Askew, Brian Gari and Deborah Thomas -- all different - and all terrific. Donny Moss / Blinders, Peter Muller / LoHV and Susan Wagner / Equine Advocates -- and I - will all be part of the program.

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased a ticket. Your name will be on a list at the door, along with two raffle tickets for great prizes for the early birders. You will not be receiving a ticket in the mail.

NYC carriage trade - violations and 311 complaints

Please forward and please make comments online. Let's keep this story on the front page!

Please Don't Celebrate Easter with NYC Carriage Horse Ride

Phyllis M Daugherty on Apr 3, 2012 for Opposing Views

The lucrative Easter weekend for New York City’s horse-drawn carriage operators is just a few days off. But, Easter will not be a blessing for the harnessed horses who pull overloaded carriages through heavy traffic to satisfy greedy drivers capitalizing on holiday tourism.

Easter Sunday (April 8) stands to be a Bonanza for Carriage Industry, Buyer Beware!

“It is not unusual for New York City carriage drivers to overcharge and cheat their customers, according to a recent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) response,” said Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. “This new information raises even more troubling concerns and questions about inhumane practices and overcharging in this cash-only business operating with minimal oversight by city agencies.”

Callers to the City’s 311 line from 2009 to 2011 made numerous complaints about danger, unsafe/inhumane practices and possible alcohol use by drivers. And numerous instances of overcharging are documented. The information in this FOIL response was provided by Jay Damashek, senior managing attorney, office of the General Counsel, New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, and can be seen here.

This March 21, 2012, video shows a deliberate violation of the overloading law. The consumer shows no concern for the welfare for the animal or the fact that she is aiding and abetting a crime. Instead she threatens the activist who exposes the violation!


Official oversight of the carriage industry is shared by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also has enforcement authority; however, its involvement is voluntary and limited.

The ASPCA has stated repeatedly in recent years that New York City streets cannot be made safe for the operation of horse-drawn carriages. The organization states on its website, “In addition to the dangers of working in congested areas, these horses spend their days directly behind cars, trucks and buses, inhaling their fumes…Neither the New York City environment nor the current law can provide horses with the fundamental necessities to ensure their safety and well being.” Yet, The NYC carriage trade boasts they have never been charged with animal cruelty, which in the case of horses would only be a misdemeanor--not even a felony.

Particularly concerning is the ASPCA’s apparent unwillingness, as a voluntary “overseer,” to issue violations or even to report known accidents. It has refused repeated Coalition requests for a list of accidents. “As an organization that operates outside the purview of city government, the ASPCA is not subject to Freedom of Information Law,” Forel said.

In addition to overcharging on the hack line, the “industry,” which consists of only 160 full timers, also overcharges on various web sites. City agencies have been provided with video and online advertising that clearly demonstrates the extent of practices endangering the horses and public, and overcharging by the carriage industry, with their usual lack of response.


The rate (per legislation passed in 2010) is $50 for 20 minutes and $20 for each additional 10 minutes. The law does NOT provide for special or seasonal rates.


The law, however, does not deter the following companies from overcharging and trying to give the impression that they are the “official” NYC site:

NY Central Park Tours (Tours from $85 - $200)

Central Park Horses (Tours from $100 - $250)

Some complaints taken from the 311 call logs:

--“carriage number is 1132. Caller states he clearly smelled alcohol on the driver”
-- “carriage driver was backing up the horse carriage from the right lane to the left lane in the middle of oncoming traffic. Cars were zooming by and dangerously swerving away”
--“the horse drawn carriage ran a red light”
--“driver told him the rate was $50.00 for 10 minutes”
--“driver insisted for $50 and the ride was only about 11 minutes”
--“rode the carriage “for 28 minutes and was charged $60. License # 126127
--“driver indicated a tip of 20% was mandatory; stable name, Jimmy; driver’s name, Oscar; license # 1085
--“after 15 minutes, the driver made them get off and charged full price”
--“Selling the rides for $50 or more for whoever would pay the highest for the ride. The driver was picking people out of turn and the customers made to wait 5 turns because of his overcharging.”

Department of Consumer Affairs Violations

Also obtained from a Freedom of Information request were the Department of Consumer Affairs cited violations for the time period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011. These, not surprisingly, included horse in harness for more than 10 hours; horse improperly treated; carrying more than 4 passengers, operating a cab while intoxicated, abandon/improper driver, improper maximum rate sign, no daily log kept, failure to produce consumer receipt book.

View DCA complaints here.

Compounding the issues of consumer deception and improper treatment of working horses, this industry is riddled with other problems. A recent Horse Sense newsletter from the Coalition discussed a few; among them, current law does not require or encourage accountability as to what happens to horses when they can no longer pull a carriage, and questionable and/or fictitious industry claims about horse “vacations.”

Donny Moss, activist/filmmaker, who won an HSUS Genesis Award in 2009 for “Blinders—the Movie,” states, “In the years since I started working on this campaign, I have never seen the Department of Consumer Affairs out in the streets. Like the ASPCA, which turns a blind eye to the cruelty violations, the Department of Consumer Affairs fails to enforce its regulations. In the absence of law enforcement, the NYC horse and buggy drivers have no reason to obey the law. So they don't.”

Jane Velez-Mitchell at Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages Fundraiser

From the Coalition to Van Horse Drawn Carriages Newsletter

Please join host Maria Milito from radio station Q104.3, our wonderful guests, and members of the Coalition for an inspiring evening as we acknowledge our six-year ongoing, tireless campaign - our amazing volunteers and supporters whose perseverance, resilience and steadfastness has made this possible - as we raise necessary funds to help continue our campaign efforts to enact legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

GUESTS (to date)
Jane Velez-Mitchell - award winning television journalist and author; currently hosts Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN; has been an outspoken advocate for animals issues, including the BLM roundup of mustangs and factory farming. IN 2010, she interviewed Senator Tony Avella on the carriage horse issue.

Maria Milito - Host -- has been heard on NY radio and television airwaves for over twenty years - and on rock station Q104.3 since 1996. She is frequently a guest host on NY1's The Call and often writes on animal activism with an ongoing blog on her web site. Maria is a big supporter of the ban on horse-drawn carriages.

Senator Tony Avella - a strong supporter of a ban on horse-drawn carriages since he was in the City Council where he introduced the first ever bill to ban the carriage industry in 2007. He introduced a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages into the State Senate last May.
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal - also a strong supporter of a ban on horse-drawn carriages. She introduced the companion bill into the NYS Assembly.
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasney - a sponsor of the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages and believes that animals should be treated ethically and humanely.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick - a sponsor of the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages and a long time animal advocate in the Assembly.
Joy Askew - a singer/songwriter, exceptional vocalist and instrumentalist who is also a tireless animal activist. She is someone you will never forget. Joy makes her return engagement to help the horses.
Brian Gari - a singer, composer, lyricist , author and long time supporter of a ban on horse-drawn carriages. Hear Brian sing his very moving song "Horse of a Different Color."
Deborah Thomas -a lyric soprano whose varied repertoire ranges from Opera and Operetta to classic Broadway. Deborah has performed in numerous NYC venues including Lincoln Center.

The guest list has not yet been finalized. Other exciting guests will be on hand to offer news and announcements about efforts related to abolishing the inhumane and exploitative horse-drawn carriage industry.

$35 + 2 free raffle tickets-until April 11th
$45 from April 12 to the day of the fund raiser - April 23rd
$50 at the door. (cash or check - no credit cards)

Tickets are on sale via Paypal or check through the web site of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages --

WHEN: Monday April 23, 2012 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Traffic Bar -- 986 Second Ave -- 2nd floor between 52nd & 53rd St., NYC


From the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages:
Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and animal activists on Sunday April 1st to protest the horse carriage trade - up close and personal. Clip Clop NYC is sponsored by the Horse & Carriage Association of NYC and takes place this weekend. This is their attempt to reach out to the public and the media to convince them that they are right and we are wrong. They will offer free carriage rides, a stable tour of Clinton Stables (they never go to the others) and, of course they will have posters and literature ... but so will we.

Let's show them that carriage horses do not belong in NYC. It is inhumane and unsafe.

If you go to no other demo this year, please come to this one!
We need to come out in big numbers to show the media that there is support in NYC for a ban of the carriage trade.
Every media poll taken since 2006 shows at least 75% of respondents in favor of a ban.
Our petition to support the Avella/Rosenthal bill in Albany to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC has over 119,000 signatures.

When: Sunday, April 1st at 11:30 AM until 3:00

Where: North/west corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue at the hack line

A little late but at least you get the idea


Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 3/18/12 3/18/12:

We hope you will join us for Lobby Day in Albany on May 1st to support the Avella/Rosenthal bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. Please do not worry about your knowledge of the issue. You will be part of a team and I promise you - if you choose - you will not have to say anything more than your name -- and maybe not even that. We need bodies -- people who care about the issue. So please, please sign up. Click here to sign up for the League of Humane Voters bus. It is only $20 round trip.

If you are planning to attend Lobby Day -- whether or not you are going by the LoHV bus, please send me an e-mail at with this information so we can coordinate with you.

NYS Assemblymember
NYS Senator
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2/14/12 ANOTHER NYC CARRIAGE HORSE TRAGEDY Valentine's Day -- Horse breaks his leg! City tries to hide it.

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 3/18/12 3/18/12:

The Department of Consumer Affairs has confirmed a report from an eye witness - that a tragic incident happened within Central Park on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012. One of the carriage horses who was pulling a carriage within the park fell and broke his leg. Yes you heard correctly! Broke his leg!!! The ASPCA was present. We hear that the horse was then shipped to a "farm" in New Jersey or was it upstate New York? Highly doubtful. A broken leg is a death sentence for a carriage horse. He probably got a bullet through the head. These horses are expendable. Was this horse just so much collateral damage; should he even have been pulling a carriage that day?

ASPCA COMPLICIT? The ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division does the job of a police department. Yet - unlike the NYPD, they are not subject to the Freedom of Information Law to assure transparency in government. They act with impunity doing whatever they choose to do under the guise of being "volunteer." I have asked them to produce a list of carriage horse incidents/accidents but they ignore me. Yet, if they were to reveal what they know about the carriage business in NYC, they could bring the industry down. Are they just fund raising off this Humane Law gig?

This is a list of the accidents we know about that have occurred since July of 2011. Random eye witnesses were responsible for providing information on all of them.

July 16, 2011 - carriage horse spooked and bolted, galloping from Grand Army Plaza/Fifth Avenue - up Central Park South to 7th Avenue, hitting a taxi and car on the way
End of July, 1011 - Horse spooks and falls while pulling tourists in Central Park
July 25, 2011 - taxi crashes into flimsy carriage, causing serious injuries to driver and passengers
October 23, 2011 - Charlie, NYC carriage horse, collapses and dies on W. 54th St. on his way to work. The cause of his death is still unexplained.
October 28, 2011 - unnamed horse spooks on Central Park South and runs into the traffic, eventually crashing and falling in the park. He is no longer in the industry.
November 4, 2011 - Luke, NYC carriage horse, collapses on W. 60th St. He is down for 15 minutes
December 4, 2011 - horse named Charlie collapsed on W. 59th St. He was painfully pulled up by his bit. He is no longer in the industry.
February 14, 2012 - horse falls in Central Park and breaks his leg. He is no longer in the industry.
March 3, 2012 - unnamed horse spooks on 11th Avenue 52nd St., dragging his empty, overturned carriage into the street.

Please write to NYC's mayor and to NYC & Company, the official tourist agency. it is important for them to know how people feel. Mailed snail mail letters are preferred. Mention all of the accidents and ask for the City to do an investigation.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg; City Hall, New York, NY 10007
Contact the mayor through the internet - click here
George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company; 810 Seventh Ave., 3 fl; New York, NY 10019
e-mail -

The eighth carriage horse accident in eight months

Last weekend, it happened: The eighth carriage horse accident in eight months. Everyday, people ask us here at NYCLASS, "what does it take for the city to stop this"?

It takes an organized grassroots movement of passionate, pragmatic animal lovers like you to make our elected officials stand up and stop the abuse of NYC carriage horses. And that movement for horses starts with YOU, growing neighborhood by neighborhood, city council district by city council district.

"RSVP" below to sign up for a Borough Action Team Meeting near you!

Another Horse Carriage Accident!

There was ANOTHER accident involving a carriage horse on Saturday. That's EIGHT accidents in just EIGHT months!

Accidents involving these horses are becoming more common and it is only through the concern and action of people like you that will finally bring it all to an end.

Just this past Saturday during early evening traffic rush, a carriage horse, spooked by an unknown source of danger, bolted into 11th Avenue traffic, dragging an overturned carriage behind it. The horse finally came crashing to the ground in front of The Daily Show building.

An eyewitness captured video of police rushing to the scene with lights & sirens, with the carriage flipped on it's side, wheels in the air. Injuries to the horse, driver and pedestrians are still unknown. Not surprisingly, the carriage industry and the City aren't talking.

As you know, our proposed electric cars, aka the "Horseless Carriage", don't spook or flip. We're currently developing the prototype, but we need your help. Make a contribution where every dollar will go to build the prototype of the vintage electric cars that will replace the carriage horses.

How many more accidents will it take before something is done?! The City may be sitting on it's hands...but we here at NYCLASS sure aren't. We're building the Horseless Carriage prototype as we speak. But we cannot do it without your support. Please contribute today.

You are indeed, Horse Heroes.

Carly Knudson
Executive Director

This from the YouTube page where this video resides:

"March 3, 2012 A carriage horse, apparently frightened by some unknown source of danger, bolted and ran off into traffic on Saturday, March 3rd, dragging his empty carriage, which had tipped over. The horse finally fell to the ground outside the studio where Jon Stewart tapes The Daily Show -- on 11th Avenue, south of 52nd Street. It occurred about 6pm when the streets are very congested

According to an eye witness who supplied the video to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, the horse was shaking and looked frightened from this ordeal. He was unhooked from the carriage by the driver and walked down 11th Avenue, presumably to his stable. The eye witness, who was walking her dog, had just crossed 11th Avenue when she heard a very loud crash. When she turned to look, the horse was already tearing down the street, the carriage in tow. Upset at seeing this accident and experiencing a very close call, she said that if she had still been on the other side of the street, she is sure that she and her dog would have been injured."

How many accidents does it take before the City Government wakes up to this inhumane and dangerous industry?

The time to remove the horses from the mean streets of NYC is long past. Please sign the petition here and add your name to Anjelica Huston's letter to City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn.

Here is the video taken after the apparently spooked horse was stopped after reportedly running up 11th Avenue dragging an overturned carriage.

Co-sign Anjelica Huston's Letter to Christine Quinn!


Sign petition to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC


Our petition now has 17,750 signatures. Thanks to all of you who made this happen.

The petition is addressed to the NYS Assembly and Senate to pass the Avella/Rosenthal bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.

Let's get it to 18,000 -- we need 250 more!

If you have not yet signed - please do.

We want this to be at least 20,000 by May 1st Lobby Day

Lobby Day - May 1st for NYC Carriage horse bill


New Yorkers - city and state - We need you!

Lobby day for the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC, sponsored by Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, is MAY 1ST in Albany. We plan to lobby the members below since they are in the Cities Committee, where the bill currently is. The list also includes the speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver -- and the Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos.

CBS promotes NYC carriage trade

CBS is shilling for the carriage trade in NYC. Please comment in protest. Thanks.

Dogs baked alive in China for increased adrenaline and "betterflavor" - Please sign petition

Dogs are suffering a hellish death by being baked alive for a 'better flavor', due to extreme release of stress hormone adrenaline. Needs no explanation, but this is important to save innocent dogs from this unspeakable horror and restore some common decency for the good humans in China, who object to this.

NYC Valentine's Day Demo - carriage horses



Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages to protest the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriage trade.

When: Tuesday, February 14th - Valentine's Day - 6pm to 8pm
Where: north/west corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue

Posters and flyers provided. Dress warmly.

Please help us stand up for the horses - come out for one hour or two. Let everyone know that...

There is no romance in cruelty!
Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Horses Without Carriages International


Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 1/15/12:
NEW YORKERS: We recently met with Senator Tony Avella about the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. A Lobby Day has been scheduled for May 1, 2012 in Albany when advocates will meet with their legislators. Please make plans to be there and stay tuned for more information. For now, Senator Avella has asked that everyone do the following to promote the bill:

CALL both your New York State Senator and Assemblymember. Calls are very important now and the Senator asked that you call both the Albany office and the District office. You will be making four calls. Please do this even if you have already sent letters or signed the petition.
To find out who your representatives are and their telephone numbers. Click here - NYS Senate and Click here-NYS Assembly
This is what you should say: When you call your state Senator's office, mention Bill #S5013, the Bill to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC, introduced by Senator Tony Avella. When you call your NYS Assemblymember, mention Bill #A7748, the Bill to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC, introduced by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal. THIS IS CRUCIAL - Please be sure to get the bill numbers right and to mention the names of each legislator
Ask both your Senator and Assemblymember to sign on as a sponsor to the respective bill in their house.
Tell him/her why it is important that they support this bill - you can say the industry is inherently inhumane; horses do not belong in the heavy congested traffic of NYC; it is very unsafe - there have been many accidents in which horses and people have been injured and horses have died - is a person next?; there have been 7 accidents since July 2011 - one horse died; tell them that in every media poll taken since 2006, including in Crain's NY Business and the Daily News, the results have always been at least 75% of the respondents in favor of a ban of the industry
for reference, see the letter that is part of our petition on Scroll down under Petition Letter. Click Here.
Ask your representative if they would like to receive more information. Get the person's name and e-mail address and contact us -
Please give us feedback on your calls. E-mail us at
Let us know if you will be coming to Albany. E-mail us at

NON NEW YORKERS: We greatly appreciate all the support we have received from those of you who live outside New York State. You are the potential tourists. You are the ones our mayor says come here with "taking a horse-drawn carriage ride" as #1 on your To Do list. You can help by calling the Committee Chairs:

Please make four calls -- two to the Senate Committee Chair and two to the Assembly Committee Chair (to both their District and Albany office.)
The bills are in the Cities committee in both the Senate and Assembly
Senate: Senator Andrew J. Lanza -- District Office (718) 984-4073 ; Albany Office - (518) 455-3215
Assembly: Assemblymember Carl E. Heastie -- District Office - 718-654-6539; Albany Office - 518-455-4800
For Senator Lanza - mention Bill #S5013, introduced by Senator Tony Avella
For Assemblymember Heastie - mention Bill # A7748, introduced by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal
Tell them where you live; that you have been following this issue for some time and support a ban on horse-drawn carriages. See information above for reasons. Make sure you tell them that you would never ride in a horse-drawn carriage and appreciate all the other things NYC has to offer.

This is a link to the bill. For those of you who do not know, there are two houses in the New York State Legislature - the Senate and the Assembly. Identical bills must be introduced into both houses. They will have different numbers but the language must be the same. This is a link to the Senate bill, which is identical to the Assembly bill.

NYC Carriage Horses - the saga continues

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 1/8/12 1/8/12:

WAR HORSE is playing in theaters all over the US. In NYC, the play is also at Lincoln Center. It is a powerful anti war and strong animal-human bond story. It shows the truth about our vile history with horses - how, despite their sensitive nature as prey animals, they were conscripted into service in the war because they had no choice as slaves. Over 300,000 were killed during WW1. And carriage drivers still think it is OK to exploit these gentle beings. This photo is of Bobby II Freedom by Jeffrey Anderson - NYC's own war horse. Bobby mane is actually darker and he looks very much like Joey in the film.

Some interesting articles about the movie.

No Animals Harmed in Making of War Horse - Opposing Views - 12/22/11
Shed a tear for the real horses too - Spielberg's fictional War Horse is a tear-jerker. The continued suffering of discarded animals is a tragedy -- Vancouver Sun - 12/28/11

We are planning to flyer at either the Spielberg movie War Horse or the play at Lincoln Center. Please e-mail me at if you are interested in volunteering with us - or on your own in your own community.

Visit Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages Newsletter for more information

HorseSense is the newsletter of the the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.

PLEASE VOTE NO in Horse Slaughter Poll

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 1/8/12 1/8/12:


Please VOTE NO in this poll about horse slaughter.

you will need to scroll down a bit and click on the link that reads:

"Should horse slaughtering resume in the U.S.?"


Blog on Carriage Horses - Raising Veg Kids

I wrote a blog about the carriage horses. on Raising Veg Kids that I would like to share with you

CARRIAGE HORSES: No Voice and No choice

Guest post by Elizabeth Forel
If you live in New York City, most likely your exposure to horses is to the “famous” NYC carriage horse.They are famed more for being a contrived icon, reflecting past times when people did not think so much about how the animal felt but rather how they felt as they fantasized they were one of the wealthy riding in a horse-drawn carriage -- maybe riding on a snowy night. How lovely and romantic … but not for the horse. Times are different now, and there is no need for horses to pull people around, especially in one of the busiest cities on the planet.

Many people are much more aware of animal cruelty and suffering nowadays and do not want to be a part of it. Carriage horses never have a nice day. They do not have the option of saying yes or no.Pulling tourists is their job - a job that was forced on them. As prey animals they are conditioned to protect themselves against potential threats - real or perceived - and to react quickly. That is why we often hear of horses spooking and bolting into traffic to get away from their source of fear, which can be a loud noise or even a rustling leaf.They are massive in size and strength, and as they gallop down a congested street they can cause injury and death to themselves and others.

Continued -

5 Horses Die Racing in Ireland

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages HorseSense reports in their newsletter of 1/8/12 1/8/12:

Five young horses died last week at Leopardstown Race Track whilst Racing. This follows a similar incident where six horses died at Tramore track in Killarney a few years ago. In Sligo two years ago a horse collision at Cullenamore Races resulted in a horse having to be put down and two jockeys rushed to hospital. The collision occurred in front of hundreds of spectators. Laytown is remembered for the pile up of horses in the nineties when three horses were killed. While these fatalities are described as ‘freakish’ ‘sad’ and ‘regrettable’ the number of injuries and deaths is rising because horses are raced and made jump.

While these fatalities are described as ‘freakish’ ‘sad’ and ‘regrettable’ the number of injuries and deaths is rising because horses are raced and made jump. There is immense suffering involved in this so called sport that is veiled by its glamorous façade. Sport for who we ask? Definitely not the horses that are whipped around the courses, many resulting in injuries and deaths, an unknown tally killed in slaughterhouses when they are no longer winning. Commercial horse racing is a ruthless industry motivated by financial gain and prestige. Sadly the best dressed unthinking woman at the races is promoted more than discussion about the inherent cruelty. Please subscribe to a less cruel activity to pass your free time, sign our petition to end horse racing on Cruelty? You can bet on it! We call on Minister for Sport Leo Vradakhar to instigate an investigation into Horse racing accidents immediately and to end this animal violation based on the vast cruelty that is inherent in Horse Racing. • HSI is the governing body for equestrian sport and receives funding through the Irish Sports Council. It has come under scrutiny recently after the Irish show jumping team failed to qualify for the London Olympics and there is a likelihood its funding will be cut further. In addition, Ireland’s ability to breed top-class horses for the changing demands of show jumping has collapsed, with the Irish studbook ninth in the world rankings. Press Officer AFAR, 0872651720

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