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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
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

NYC - Channel 7 - Homeless kids visit Horses

This is a wonderful story about Equine Advocates in Chatham, NY - home to 82 equines -- and their partnership with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, which helps needy families - in this case young children.

This is how kids should get to know and respect horses -- not seeing them in servitude at the carriage horse hack line.

Please note Bobby II Freedom who is introduced at the beginning. He is a former rescued NYC carriage horse (rescue 2010-EA & Coalition to Ban HDC)

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8481276

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


PUERTO RICO Fwd: Urgent need for donations of cat food, canned anddry, or donations to purchase cat food, From Glen Venezio

PUERTO RICO Fwd: Urgent need for donations of cat food, canned anddry, or donations to purchase cat food, From Glen Venezio

Dear friends,

For anyone wishing to help, I am at the moment in very urgent need of cat food, canned or dry (I use cans too because I deal with many cats that vomit dry food, have some teeth problems, etc.), for the over 100 cats that I deal with 7 days a week on the street in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I can also use PETSMART gift cards if you cannot donate the actual food, to buy the food. PETSMART is the only large pet store here in Puerto Rico, and also sells the cat food for the cheapest, also WALMART which costs a bit more. Or donations via my PAYPAL account, which is my email sethspeaksnyc@gmail.com . I spend over 35 to 40 dollars a day doing this work, and there are times such as now that I cannot do it alone. I have been doing it alone using my own money for 4 years now, 7 days a week, no rest, no day off, no vacation, 6 to 7 hours in the streets in my own area in Santurce every morning because at 3:45am, and then every OTHER night in Isla Verde for 3 to 4 hours. For those who were able to donate in the past, my deepest thanks. I am in a very desperate need right now, as I only have enough food through the day after Christmas, Monday the 26th, so any donations via Paypal or the actual food if you are in Puerto Rico and wish to buy the cat food rather than donate, are very gratefully appreciated. If you want to send a check, please ask for my address.

There are many photos of the cats I take care of on my Facebook photo albums, add me as a friend if you are not already my friend, search for Glen Venezio. I have attached 5 photos here also so you can see a few of the beautiful little beings that I am privileged to deal with every day (these pics are also in albums on my Facebook page). Here in Puerto Rico, I am also one of a coalition of people working very hard to fight against a proposed dolphinarium in San Juan, with dogs and cats suffering all over the streets, the last thing we need here is to bring captive dolphins to languish in a tiny pool for the rest of their lives................We recently hosted dolphin expert Ric O'Barry of THE COVE at a public screening of the film, where he spoke out against the dolphinarium, please check out my report of this event on Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project blog at http://dolphinproject.org/blog/post/ric-obarry-visits-puerto-rico-to-ens...

If you would like more information about the work I do here with cats or references about my work, please feel free to ask. I am deeply appreciative of anyone able to help with either donations to buy the cat food or donations of the actual food. Thank you to those who have donated and thanks in advance to everyone else, Wishing you a beautiful holiday and a Very Happy Special New Year 2012. I will be with the cats in Isla Verde tonight, Christmas Eve, and again in the morning in Santurce, Christmas Day! I cannot think of a better way to spend part of the holiday, really.............

thank you so much,

love,

Glen Venezio
Animal Concerns Puerto Rico
San Juan PR
787 723 1629

Paypal Account and email address: sethspeaksnyc@gmail.com


The carriage horses need you to stand up for them!

Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages on Thursday evening at the hack line as we protest the inhumane and abusive carriage horse trade. At this time of year, the horses are overworked and exhausted. There is no way to enforce the 15 minute break required every two hours.

One of the water troughs in Central Park is shut off and filled with trash.

We have complained to the NYPD, the Parks Dept. and the ASPCA. No one cares.

Join us as we hold posters and hand out literature to prospective customers

Dress Warmly.


DEMOS AT THE HACK LINE - NEXT WEEK - THE HORSES NEED YOU!

We need your help. The holiday season is the busiest for the carriage trade. During the year, it is not unusual to see the carriages idling, waiting for a fare. But during this time of year, tourists who do not know any better line up for a ride. This is where you come in.

When: Thursday, December 22nd and Friday, December 23rd; Saturday, December 24th
Time: Thursday & Friday night - 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Saturday - 1 to 3 pm
Where: north/west corner of Central Park South (59th St.) and 5th Avenue -- on the side where the carriages pick up passengers

We know that everyone is busy now, but please give some time to the horses - they and we need you! We cannot make a difference without you. All you have to do is show up!! Posters and flyers are provided. Please forward this message and bring friends and colleagues.


The carriage horse issue continues to be in the news - VOTE in Poll

The article from Opposing Views is an absolute must read. Finally someone has the guts to speak the truth. Please read the comments also. The Bayside Patch (above) is conducting a poll. Vote YES to ban the industry in NYC.

http://bayside.patch.com/articles/patch-asks-should-nyc-ban-horse-carriages

http://www.zoenature.org/2011/12/retire-the-carriage-horses/

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/nyc-carriage-horses...

http://gothamist.com/2011/12/17/necropsy_shows_no_cause_of_death_fo.php


What will happen to the horses if there is a ban?

We never would have started this campaign in 2006 if we had not considered the welfare of the horses. Yet, no matter how often i have answered this question, and the fact that it is addressed on our web site, it still comes up. So I will answer it again. "What will happen to the horses if there is a ban? Won't they go to slaughter?" For a better understanding, please also read my article on One Green Planet - New Council Bill Will Prevent Carriage Horses From Going to Kill Auctions

HORSES ARE NOT A BILLBOARD: This question appears to be a knee jerk reaction to scare tactics put out by the industry mixed with a genuine concern for the horses. There is an unconscious assumption that the horse population is stagnant - like a billboard - never changing. But the truth is that there is a huge turnover of horses in the business - about 1/3 - 60-70 each year. I know this because I have been analyzing horse lists received from the Department of Health since 2005. I compare the lists and determine what horses are no longer in the business and who is new. The average yearly turnover over one year is 60-70 horses.

THE REAL HIDDEN PROBLEM: The second part of this topic is that horses sold outside of NYC (most are) currently have no protection under the law. Records are not required to be sent to the Department of Health so it is not known where the horses end up. It is very possible many are brought to auction since that is the easiest and fastest way to recoup the cost of the horse and purchase a new one. Kill buyers frequent auctions such as New Holland in Pennsylvania. So the question people should actually be asking is - What is happening to the horses NOW?. -- Not what will happen to the horses if there is a ban.

OUR SOLUTION: Every piece of legislation that has been introduced into the City Council or the NYS legislature addresses this issue by changing the Disposition section of the existing law. Records would be required to be submitted to the Department of Health and the owner required to either adopt his horse to a responsible owner or sanctuary. Nothing else is allowed. Click on this link to Intro 670 - the stand alone bill. This exact language can be found in the NYC bill - Intro 86A - and the NY State bill - S5013 and A7748. If a horse does end up at a kill auction, it is the OWNER - not activists who brought him there. Owners currently should do everything in their power to find a good home for the horses they get rid of - but do they? Our bill would require them to be accountable. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION!!


Savannah, GA - Ban horse-drawn carriages - Petition

Please sign this petition and forward it to your friends, colleagues and lists. Let's help this grow.

http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-savannah-ga

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


NYC - Carriage Horse Demo - Saturday 12/17

Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages as we protest the cruel and inhumane horse-drawn carriage trade:

When: Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 pm

Where: NYC - north/west corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue – park side near hack line

During the holiday season, ignorant and often uncaring tourists line up to take a carriage ride – the horses get worked over and over – 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although they are supposed to get a 15 minute break every two hours, they do not get it if there is a tourist ready with $$$. Besides there is no one to enforce this law. Last week we did not see any ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers at the hack line.

Since October 23rd, when Charlie Horse dropped dead on W. 54th St., two other horses have collapsed (the most recent on December 4th) and one spooked and crashed his carriage. Still the politically connected and entitled industry continues.

Enough is Enough. Please join us and give a little time to the horses.

Posters and flyers will be provided. Please dress warmly.
PS – our petition on Change.org in support of the Avella/Rosenthal NYS bill to ban horse-drawn carriages has gone viral - we have over 109,000 signatures. There is much support for a ban – just not with the NYC administration.
But that will change. Please keep the faith – we have.

E-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org to receive our weekly e-newsletter and to stay up to date with the issue.

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


Vote YES in poll to ban horse-drawn carriages

PLEASE FORWARD

We are presently losing - let's change that. Scroll down the article to the poll.

Vote YES to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC.

Bayside Patch
http://bayside.patch.com/articles/patch-asks-should-nyc-ban-horse-carriages

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


NYC Carriage Horses - Politics, Cruelty and Hope

This is a very interesting, provocative and courageous article -- and very worth reading about the carriage horse issue and the political situation in NYC. Please add a comment to keep the story up on line.

OPPOSING VIEWS - 12/12/11

NYC Carriage Horses: Politics, Cruelty and Hope by Phyllis M. Daugherty

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/nyc-carriage-horses...

On December 4, for the fourth time in six weeks, a horse pulling a carriage stumbled and fell in a Manhattan street in New York City. Heart-wrenching photos and films of the collapsed horse bound in attachments to the carriage and surrounded by bumper-to-bumper traffic were broadcast throughout the world.

Volunteers stopped to help as the white Percheron struggled to its feet, and an anxious and tearful crowd cheered when he was upright and able to walk. Is this a shining moment in America’s treatment of animals in 2011and the image we want viewed by children worldwide as a guide to humaneness?

The YouTube caption read, “The horses have been taught to remain still while their drivers untangle them in case of accidents to reduce [not eliminate] risk of injury.” The need for this “training” alone indicates the expectation and frequency of accidents and the potential risks to the animals. But, it’s not just the animals. A carriage driver was in a coma after an accident last year, and children have been ejected from the hansom cabs when horses have bolted in fear or have collided with vehicles.

The ASPCA states that neither the horse nor any humans were hurt. Do we believe that the trauma of an animal falling and being pinned to the ground, helplessly trapped by carriage rails and still attached to a buggy has suffered no affect on its body—or its spirit? And what about the stressful impact on observers?

Still Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate of the industry, says that the horses “…are well treated, and we’ll continue to make sure that they are well treated.”

Steven Malone of the New York Horse and Carriage Association, which represents the city's 68 carriages, 293 certified drivers and 220 privately owned horses, tells us: "No horse collapsed. It caught its toe in the pavement, which is quite common. The carriage industry in New York City is such a public institution that a horse can sneeze funny and some activist is in our faces with a camera to post footage to YouTube."

A Huffington Post commenter disagreed, “I own horses and that IS NOT just a slip on a crack in the pavement. I suppose they think that everyone in society are buffoons. Not all!”

Donny Moss, winner of a 2009 Genesis award for BLINDERS, his compelling documentary on the inhumane life of horses who work in the horse-carriage industry in New York, asks:

“How much more suffering must these horses endure and how many more accidents have to take place before NYC takes the lead from other major cities around the world, such as London, Beijing and Toronto, that have taken these horses off the streets and out of harm’s way?” http://www.blindersthemovie.com/

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/nyc-carriage-horses...

A TRADITION SET IN STONE?

Mayor Bloomberg recently declared, “Carriage horses have traditionally been a part of New York City. The tourists love them, and we’ve used from time immemorial, animals to pull things.”

That is a tradition that hopefully will change soon. A New York Times article on December 7 entitled, Push to Ban New York Carriage Horses Gains Steam, discusses how animal-protection advocates are growing support for legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages. In fact, two bills have been introduced in the NY State legislature. http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-new-york-ci...

Changing an industry that has been entrenched in NY politics since 1935 will not be easy. There is the Teamsters Union Local 553, which represents the drivers, workers and business owners that make up the Horse and Carriage Association and contends, “In essence this is an attack on working people, the working people of this industry.”

There are financial and political interests embroiled in the 2013 New York City mayoral race and a slate of contenders who will not be facing an incumbent since Mayor Bloomberg is termed out. Two declared Democratic candidates—Bill deBlasio. NYC’s influential elected Public Advocate, and Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President--have already expressed support for the ban and endorsed the proposal to replace the antiquated horse-drawn carriages with vintage electric carriages which replicate various early model cars. Unfortunately, so far they are not the frontrunners in polls.

Another Mayoral hopeful is Christine Quinn, current Speaker of the City Council, and the leading Democratic contender according to an October 2011 poll. Quinn was reported to have raised $2.7 million in campaign funds by July 13, 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870428820457536361074162433...

However, Christine Quinn, like Bloomberg, has supported the carriage industry. Although she is proposing a bill to increase veterinary oversight for the horses, some animal advocates believe this is merely a political tactic to delay any major political confrontation over a ban until after the election.

Activist Donny Moss questions the political and financial relationship between Quinn and Steve Nislick, CEO of Edison Properties, a real estate company, and co-president of NY-CLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets), a non-profit group that was started by Nislick and Ed Sayres, President of the ASPCA, and reports it has collected more than 66,000 signatures on a petition to phase out the city’s horse-drawn-carriages. NY-CLASS was given $250,000 by the ASPCA in 2008 to produce a prototype of an environmentally friendly electric vintage car to replace the horse-drawn carriages. According to the NY CLASS website on Oct. 19, 2011, “Right now, the horse-replacements exist only as foot-long models…” But we are assured that legislation to phase out carriage horses would allow them to “…be replaced with full-size versions in the next few years.” www.ny-class.org/node/1240

Moss asked in a recent flyer: “How can Council Members vote to replace horse-drawn carriages with electric vintage cars if they’ve never seen a prototype? Why is Steve Nislick of NY-CLASS one of Christine Quinn’s top fundraisers when she has killed all legislative efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages and has thwarted every meaningful animal protection bill introduced at City Hall since she became Speaker? Why did Steve Nislick use NY-CLASS to endorse Christine Quinn's bill that overturns the law mandating an animal shelter in every borough when NY-CLASS was founded to take the horses off the streets?” http://www.blindersthemovie.com/

CONFLICT OF INTEREST ALLEGED

Donny Moss contends that Steve Nislick has a conflict of interest in that he would like to see horse-drawn carriages taken off the streets, but he cannot advocate for a ban because putting public pressure on Christiine Quinn would compromise his relationship with her. The success of his business depends in part on having a good relationship Quinn, who has the power to influence which real estate developments are approved in NYC. At the moment, Edison Properties is working to build a 407-unit condo in Quinn’s district.

The horse-drawn carriage industry also alleges a conflict of interest, stating that Edison Properties is seeking to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry because the four 1920’s tenement buildings where the horses spend their nights in dank 8’x 10’ stalls are now prime real estate that would become available if a ban were passed. All four stables are located in Quinn’s current Council district.

Although Nislick denies interest in the land, there has been a formal complaint filed with the NY State Attorney General, the Mayor’s Office, the NYC Dept. of Investigations, and the Inspector General of the NYC Dept. of Health by Stephen Malone of the Horse and Carriage Association. The complaint alleges a “glaring conflict of interest” in that “Ed Sayres is both the president and CEO of ASPCA and the co-president of NY-CLASS. In addition to subsequent use of facilities, vehicles, resources and personnel, the ASPCA gave NY-Class $250,000 at the time of NY-CLASS’s founding in 2008”

Malone also explains that the ASPCA is one of the three agencies—along with the Health Department and Bureau of Consumer Affairs--that oversees and enforces laws pertaining to the horse-carriage industry and has openly expressed its support of a ban.

However, the ASPCA has staunch defenders in regard to its work. D. Verret, a prolific commenter on issues regarding the carriage-horse industry, writes, “I’m not giving ASPCA a pass on the appearance of impropriety, BUT it does not negate all the good work they do.”

Donny Moss wrote:

(1) Why is NY-CLASS soliciting $5 contributions for the prototype if the ASPCA gave them $250,000 and the list of supporters on their website consists of some of the wealthiest real estate developers?

(2) If NY-CLASS motto is "stop horse abuse" and they supposedly want horse-drawn carriages banned, then why do they refuse to support the bill introduced at the state level to ban horse-drawn carriages?

“If we don't have a prototype after four years, then when will NY-CLASS produce and roll out an entire fleet of electric vintage cars?, Moss asks.

ASPCA MIRED IN CONTROVERSY

Following the tragic collapse and death of Charlie, a 15-year-old draft horse, on Oct. 23, 2011, as he was heading to Central Park pulling a carriage, the New York City Council’s paltry response was that it would introduce legislation requiring the Health Department to create a list of independent veterinarians to provide exams twice a year and certify that the horses in the carriage industry are healthy enough to work. The legislation purportedly would remove any “financial relationship” between members of the horse-carriage industry and the veterinarians who currently perform the mandatory check ups.

That didn’t happen. The ASPCA announced that they want to add more reforms. But it is doubtful it would have matter much to the horses that are out pounding the streets of NY for at least nine hours a day in exhaust fumes, crammed between cars blasting their horns, aggressive cab drivers, and often on slippery streets or without water for prolonged period on hot days.

Donny Moss says, “No amount of regulation or enforcement, can make the operation of horse-drawn carriages humane or safe in midtown Manhattan. Reform has never worked. The horses are in as bad shape now as they’ve ever been.”

His contention seems supported by the fact that Charlie had only been pulling carriages for 20 days and had supposedly received a clean bill of health from a veterinarian after he was bought at auction. Two more carriage horses have suffered injuries since Charlie’s death, in addition to the Percheron who fell as he walked along Grand Army Plaza at 59th Street and 5th Avenue on December 4. Moss says, “The ASPCA and NY-CLASS should be focused on a ban, not reforms or on replacing carriages with electric vintage cars that don’t exist.”

There are three agencies currently responsible for the health and, supposedly, humane treatment of the carriage horses, the ASPCA, along with the City’s Health Dept. and Department of Consumer Affairs. So, why can’t the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), one of the most prominent animal-protection organizations in the U.S. and headquartered in New York, stop the cruelty in an industry directly under its auspices?

The ASPCA is having its own problems over the death of Charlie, whose final fall to the streets of Midtown brought worldwide attention to the cruelty of forcing horses to pull carriages for hours every day through the congested streets of New York City.

Dr. Pamela Corey, director of equine veterinary services for the ASPCA was suspended without pay after “clarifying” comments she first made about the cause of Charlie’s death. Her first report stated, “…Charlie was forced to work in spite of painful maladies, and these particular health issues can be difficult to diagnose because draft horses are by nature a stoic breed, not displaying signs of pain until they are severe.”

In its Oct. 31 release, the ASPCA stated, “Dr. Corey determined it [Charlie] was not healthy enough for a career in an urban carriage business…a gross necropsy report indicates the horse was suffering from pain due to pronounced chronic ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth.”

On Nov. 3, Dr. Corey issued a correction to her original ASPCA statement to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, stating, “…there was no evidence Charlie was experiencing any pain,” according to DVM Newsmagazine.

Dr. Corey stated that she was under pressure when she issued her first statement; and at a November 10 press conference, Teamsters Local 553, Joint Council 16 and the Horse and Carriage Association of New York City demanded Corey’s reinstatement, claiming that the ASPCA had coerced Dr. Corey to issue an opinion that supports their anti-carriage position.

However, reportedly, in her official statement to the Department of Health, in which she “corrected and clarified” the earlier ASPCA version, Dr. Corey stated, “We have the capability and authority to ensure that such horses receive the proper care that they need and we are satisfied that they do.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/nyregion/ny-horse-drawn-carriage-indus...

WHERE’S THE MAYOR?

An op-ed by the editor of the NY Post, on August 8, entitled The ASPCA’s Dead Horse, states, “ Mayor Bloomberg has refused to back a ban that would put hundreds of New Yorkers -- and their nags -- out of work.”

“If anyone wants to destroy something that is part of New York’s heritage and that tourists love,” Bloomberg said, “you should remind those people that …we pay municipal employees with money pumped in by visitors who delight in carriage rides.” http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/the_aspca_dead_horse_zpm...

The NY Times reports that the licensed carriage-horse industry brings in about $15 million a year, according to city officials.

But a New York commenter retorts,

“Can someone get Bloomberg a calculator and some truth serum? The city does not derive ANY direct revenue from this cash industry. He only gets away with the propaganda because people let him. Now he says NYC pays municipal workers’ salaries as a benefit of the carriage industry, a cash-only business…”

And Justin in NY writes,

“Carriage horses are a sad part of NYC tourism. These horses are treated very poorly and kept in “cells”, not even stables. They are forced to perform under unbearable conditions, regardless of their health, and that’s the norm. You do not need to be a “radical animal rights activist” to deplore the treatment of NYC carriage horses. Take a closer look, there is a lot more unraveling than a glossy postcard. And you know what? Tourists will still flock to NY, carriage horses or not. Find an alternative which does not involve abuse. If dogs were treated this way, these business owners would have been arrested long ago.”

D. Verret comments on November 14 that Bloomberg’s daughter “…is riding the circuit now (I believe hunters/jumpers at the Grand Prix level)…hardly unknowledgeable about equine welfare issues and costs. Problem is this is about economics…not equine welfare. And don’t kid yourself that Bloomberg doesn’t know about space and real estate in NYC.”

AND MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE ASPCA

On November 21, 2011, Horseback Magazine posted, NYC Carriage Drivers to File Formal Complaint with Attorney General against ASPCA, which states:

The Horse and Carriage Association of New York City will be filing formal complaints today with the NY State Attorney General’s Office, the Mayor’s Office, the NYC Department of Investigation, and with the Inspector General of the NYC Department of Health. These complaints are being levied against the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (known as the A.S.P.C.A.) and its affiliated lobbying group, New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (known as NY-CLASS).

The complaints allege, “…what may be the improper exchange of money and resources between the ASPCA and NY-CLASS. Ed Sayres is both the president and CEO of the ASPCA and the co-president of NY-CLASS. In addition to subsequent use of facilities, vehicles, resources, and personnel, the ASPCA gave NY-CLASS $250,000 at the time of NY-CLASS’s founding in 2008.”

The complaint also alleges a possible conflict of interest concerning, “…the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Division’s primary duty as a law enforcement agency, as required by its NY State Charter and by NYC Administrative Code, to oversee and enforce laws pertaining to our industry, while the secondary activities of the ASPCA seek to eliminate our industry altogether.”

“I don’t see it as a conflict,” ASPCA’s president, Ed Sayres, said recently, “If we don’t bring forward the risk factor that we are observing, then it would be negligent.” http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=1782609

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in conjunction with In Defense of Animals, contends that many of the accident or “near misses” are not being made public. “Six of the last seven incidents involving carriage horses were made known to the public by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.” www.banhdc.org/

CARRIAGE-HORSE SLAUGHTER?

The NY Times article ends with a quote by Dr. Nena Winand, a NY Veterinarian and member of the American Society of Equine Practitioners, who says, “If we banned the carriage horse industry tomorrow, they would go straight to slaughter. There is no big field out there and no one to pay the bills.”

A commenter named Susan states, “Unfortunately, it’s common knowledge that the carriage-trade industry uses the slaughter pipeline as a place to obtain cheap horses and “retire” them at the end of their productivity. I have personally heard from a party to the [carriage-horse] trade in NY, if the trade is discontinued, they’ll send the horses to slaughter. This is nothing more than emotional blackmail. I have also seen carriage horses that came off in chargeable neglect condition. That does not mean all do; it just means that the posters here claiming ideal conditions are exaggerating, at best, and pushing an agenda, at worst….Surely folks know how rampant slaughter has been for carriage horses over the years. This is a good time to let people see data on where the horses go”

Janet Schultz commented on November 21, 2011 “Quite bad timing then that Animals Angels watched a trailer of one of these carriage businesses dropping off one of its carriage horses at the New Holland auction – underweight and with newly rasped left front hoof. Seems the protection of the horses is not quite so protective after all.” http://www.animalsangels.org/investigations/horse-investigations/364-new...

But Mayor Bloomberg assured us that, the horses “…are well treated, and we’ll continue to make sure that they are well treated.”

HELP NEW YORKERS BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES!

It is time for animal lovers and those with safety concerns for both the horses and humans to demand a ban this archaic and barbaric practice of horses pulling carriages “nose to tailpipe” through exhaust laden, slippery, hazardous streets in bumper-to-bumper traffic. They trip, slip, fall, are hit by cars, bolt and run into traffic, and one recently was crushed under a truck. They live in cells where they can barely turn around and without enough bedding for comfort.

The State bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC is S5013 in the NYS Senate and A7748 in the NYS Assembly. It is referred to as the bill that PROHIBITS THE OPERATION OF HORSE DRAWN CABS IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. www.banhdc.org/

Since 2006, every poll that has asked if the NYC carriage business should be banned has resulted in at least 75% of respondents voting YES.

The Daily News published an article on November 19, entitled, Calls Grow to Ban Carriage Horses, but Owners Defend Iconic Rides, including a poll.

Final Result: 85% say YES to a ban; 13%, NO, 1%, Not Sure.

Wall Street Journal asked in a poll "Should NYC ban horse-drawn carriages?"

Results were 76.2% YES and 23.8 NO.

NY STATE AND LOCAL BAN BILLS

The bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC is S5013 in the NYS Senate and A7748 in the NYS Assembly. It is referred to as the bill that PROHIBITS THE OPERATION OF HORSE DRAWN CABS IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.

Please help us make this petition viral. Sign it if you have not done so already and pass it on to friends and colleagues. Click Here or go to http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-new-york-ci...

ALSO…

New York State Senator Tony Avella has renewed his call on Mayor Bloomberg to ban the barbaric carriage rides, which are a hazard to horses and to public safety. Please join him and click here to contact the mayor and New York City lawmakers now to urge them to support Intro. Bill 86, which would replace horse-drawn carriages with eco-friendly (and horse-friendly) classic cars. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/yet-another-carriag...

Watch: Horse Drawn Cruelty www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41ZCKuB6B8&feature=related


NYC - Carriage Horse Demo - Saturday 12/17

Please join the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages as we protest the cruel and inhumane horse-drawn carriage trade:

When: Saturday, December 17th at 1:00 pm

Where: NYC - north/west corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue – park side near hack line

During the holiday season, ignorant and often uncaring tourists line up to take a carriage ride – the horses get worked over and over – 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although they are supposed to get a 15 minute break every two hours, they do not get it if there is a tourist ready with $$$. Besides there is no one to enforce this law. Last week we did not see any ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers at the hackline.

Since October 23rd, when Charlie Horse dropped dead on W. 54th St., two other horses have collapsed (the most recent on December 4th) and one spooked and crashed his carriage. Still the politically connected and entitled industry continues.

Enough is Enough. Please join us and give a little time to the horses.

Posters and flyers will be provided. Please dress warmly.
PS – our petition on Change.org in support of the Avella/Rosenthal NYS bill to ban horse-drawn carriages has gone viral - we have over 109,000 signatures. There is much support for a ban – just not with the NYC administration.
But that will change. Please keep the faith – we have.

E-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org to receive our weekly e-newsletter and to stay up to date with the issue.

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


NYC - Carriage Horse demo on Saturday - 12/10

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

Where: North west corner of Central Park South/59th St. and Fifth Avenue near the hack line.
When: Saturday December 10th from 1 to 3 and maybe longer.

Bring yourself - we have posters. And don't forget to dress warmly.

We will be there for at least two hours. Please, please give at least one hour of your time this Saturday.

As you know, this past Sunday, another horse collapsed on 59th St. - the 2nd one in one month and the 8th accident this year. The industry said he tripped and fell. We say he collapsed due to fatigue. The streets are smooth asphalt, not cobblestone. It is a shameless excuse because if the horses are so prone to tripping, then they should not be on the street.

We do not know anything about the horse - his age, name or how he is.

Seven of these accidents were reported to the press by our organization and we believe that there must be many more that the ASPCA, DoH and NYPD know about. The public has a right to know just how unsafe and inhumane this business is.

While the drivers do not get that much business during the year - there are many times we see them just idling - during the holiday season, ignorant tourists line up to take a ride. The horses are worked hard - ride after ride - they get used up and are exhausted. The drivers are required to provide a 15 minute rest break every two hours but it does not happen. Besides it is impossible to enforce.

Please stand up for the horses on Saturday and educate tourists why they should not take a ride.

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


Carriage Horses - op-ed in the Daily News - It's time for a ban

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/carriage-horse-industry-cruel-inhuman...

This is much more cruel than it looks. [photo caption]

They have no voice and no choice. They are New York City carriage horses. Sweet, docile animals, they work nine hours a day, seven days a week, between the shafts of their carriage, in dangerous traffic. After a long day’s work, they return to a cramped stable. Dirty and sweaty, many of them are not cleaned up for the night. And in the morning, they begin another dreary day.

While working, they have no access to a pasture where they can run, buck and roll. It is particularly sad to see them pulling carriages through the park encumbered by equipment and blinders, barely able to get a glimpse of the grass that is denied to them.

Although there were three reported carriage horse accidents in July, things did not heat up again until Oct. 23, when a carriage horse named Charlie collapsed and died on W. 54th St. at the start of his workday. The image of that beautiful white horse was heartrending. Although a cause of death has not yet been determined, the preliminary necropsy report indicated he may well have been suffering for some time from painful stomach ulcers and a fractured tooth.

That incident was followed by another horse who spooked on Oct. 28, bolting into traffic on Central Park South and crashing in the park off Seventh Ave. Then, on Nov. 4, a horse named Luke fell on W. 60th St. on his way back to the stables. He stayed down for 15 minutes.

As the debate about whether to ban the use of horses to pull carriages continued, yet another horse collapsed on 59th St. on Dec. 4 while pulling a carriage full of tourists — including small children. Fortunately, no one, including the horse, was hurt.

All this underscores just how overworked horses are during the holiday season, when tourists line up to take a carriage ride. Although the law requires a 15-minute break every two hours, it is impossible to enforce and highly unlikely that the horse gets a break when there are customers waiting. As a consequence, the horses get used up quickly.

There is something about the sight of a helpless horse lying in the filthy street that resonates deeply with people. It is an experience that plays on our collective unconscious guilt, suggesting that we all somehow share the responsibility that allowed this majestic animal to be put into servitude to entertain people.

To make matters worse, horses are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act, a federal law. Under New York State law, animal cruelty against cats and dogs can be a felony, but it remains a misdemeanor for horses, because they are considered livestock.

Although horse meat is not eaten in the U.S., horses still go on auction, where they may be sold to satisfy the need for horseflesh in many European countries — about 100,000 horses a year meet this fate. City law does not provide protection from this horror, despite a push for legislation that puts “retired” horses in sanctuaries, not slaughterhouses.

Most unsettling is how relief for New York’s carriage horses depends solely on the good graces of two people — Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) — who have demonstrated that the horses are not a priority by publicly speaking out in support of the industry.

The carriage trade is banned in cities ranging from London and Toronto to New Delhi and Beijing. New York City needs to follow — its citizens demand as much. The most recent online poll from the Daily News, for example, resulted in 85% of respondents voting in favor of a ban. Every similar poll in New York since 2006 has shown that at least 75% of respondents are in favor of abolishing this industry.

In a democracy, that should count for something. In New York City, it may mean nothing at all.

Forel is president of the Coalition for New York City Animals.

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International
www.horseswithoutcarriages.org


What you can do to help these poor horses

These incidents serve as a reminder of why we cannot allow for carriage horses to work these harsh city streets any longer.

Now is the time for us to push the City Council to act on Intro 86. Please call the City Council members who haven't committed to ending horse abuse yet, then let us know what they said.

Step One: SELECT A COUNCIL MEMBER IN YOUR BOROUGH & CALL

MANHATTAN
Gale A. Brewer -- (212) 873-0282
Margaret Chin -- (212) 587-3159

BROOKLYN
Lewis A. Fidler -- (212) 788-7286
Brad Lander -- (718) 499-1090
Jumaane D. Williams -- (718) 629-2900

BRONX
Joel Rivera -- (718) 842-8100

QUEENS
Elizabeth Crowley -- (718) 366-3900
Peter F. Vallone, Jr. -- (718) 274-4500
Jimmy Van Bramer -- (718) 383-9566
Mark Weprin -- (718) 468-0137

STATEN ISLAND
Deborah Rose -- (718) 556-7370

SUGGESTED SCRIPT: Hello, my name is ________________. I'm calling because there was another horse tragedy Sunday, December 4th -- the 4th such accident since Oct 23rd in Midtown when a carriage horse collapsed and died -- I'd like to urge you to become a co-sponsor of Intro 86. This bill would replace horse carriages with antique replica electric cars and humanely retire the horses to sanctuaries.

(IF YES) Thanks so much for your support!

(FOR OPPONENTS) I urge you to reconsider. These horses are forced to endure 9 hour days in bitter cold and sweltering hot conditions. They breathe in harmful exhaust and pull heavy carriages. Then, they go home after their long shift to former tenement buildings where they are tied up in stalls that are far too small for them. These horses live half as long as regular horses. The sudden death of any horse is very uncommon, and this horse's death was preventable. I urge you to reconsider your position.

LEAVE A MESSAGE:

Hello, my name is ________________. I'm calling in response to the horse that collapsed and died Sunday, Oct 23rd in Midtown, and to urge you to end the abuse of carriage horses in New York City by supporting Intro 86, a bill that phases out the carriage horse industry by replacing it with green replica classic cars. Carriages horses are forced to endure 9 hours days in the bitter cold, breathe harmful exhaust, and they live HALF as long as regular horses. That's why it's time to phase out the carriage horse industry. I hope you will support Intro 86. Thank you.
Continue here:
http://www.ny-class.org/midtowntragedy


If you think these horses are taken care of, think again!

NYC Carriage Horse Drinks Disgusting Contaminated Water That He Is Forced To Stand In. He's so thirsty!


REPORT HORSE INCIDENTS - IF YOU SEE SOMETHING - SAY SOMETHING

If you see a carriage horse incident, please notify coalition@banhdc.org.

Take pictures (crucial) - videos or stills
Record exact location of accident - ex. - north/west corner of 60th St. and Broadway
Get 4-digit license plate number from back of carriage
Provide a narrative - description of what happened
Note: don't worry if you are not sure if what you saw was illegal. We will figure it out. The most important thing is to get the information to us.

You will help to make a difference for these horses.


WE NEED YOUR PRESENCE for future demos at the hack line - next one is Sat. Dec. 10th

The holiday season is the busiest for the carriage trade. During the year, it is not unusual to see the carriages idling, waiting for a fare. But during this time of year, tourists who do not know any better line up. This is where you come in. Please commit to attend at least one demo (and hopefully more) at least in the next several weeks

Saturdays: December 10, 17, 24 (New Year's Eve and Day are possibilities)
Time: always 1pm to 3pm
Where: north/west corner of Central Park South (59th St.) and 5th Avenue


ANOTHER HORSE COLLAPSE - 4th one in a matter of weeks!

ANOTHER HORSE COLLAPSE - 4th one in a matter of weeks!

A carriage horse collapsed yesterday at 59th St. near FAO Schwartz - sometime after 4PM. This picture was sent to me by someone who was in a car just behind the fallen horse. The Win Animal Rights demo against the carriage horse trade was going on at the time and activists were there to document the entire horrific incident. I hear that the horse got up and appears to be OK.

HOWEVER, during this season, horses are worked till they drop. The 15 minute break they are supposed to get every two hours is a joke. This inhumane industry must be shut down.

email: coalition@banhdc.org
web: http://banhdc.org/


DAILY NEWS ARTICLE ON CARRIAGE HORSE ISSUE - Poll included

BY Tina Moore & Matthew Deluca - 11/20/11 -- Roy the Belgian-bred carriage horse clops up 11th Ave. past double-parked trucks, neighing as honking taxis and livery cabs zip past on his mile-long trek to Central Park. He doesn't know it, but fighting midtown traffic isn't the only battle his owner and operator, Ian McKeever, has been waging. "We hold New York's most important commodity in the palm of our hands - that's the tourist," said McKeever, the Irish-born owner of 11 carriage horses and Chateau Stables on W. 48th St.


THE SPECIFICS THAT ARE BEING SUGGESTED - You need to ask WHY!

REFORMS? Recently these organizations had a press conference talking about the reforms that they are suggesting. The industry, which is a player in this proposal, will never agree to it. They will not compromise with anyone who is trying to shut them down. Not one degree here, nor one hour there. Quinn and Bloomberg will not support this bill because it would cripple the industry they both support. Unlike with Intro 35, which was an industry drafted bill, the owners will not be willing to negotiate anything.



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