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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

NYDaily News - VOTE YES in carriage horse poll

Vote in Poll - YES - to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC - (click on link below - scroll down - see poll to right under photo)

Calls grow to ban carriage trade, but owners defend iconic rides Pols saying nay to horses
Several animals have suffered accidents and death

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/calls-grow-ban-carriage-trade-owners-def...

BY Tina Moore & Matthew Deluca
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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. “We give them a gateway to New York.”

But following a spate of headline-making incidents — including one where a horse dropped dead — opponents of the industry want to finally take that commodity permanently out of the hands of carriage horse drivers and owners like McKeever.

“Obviously, the number of accidents that have happened recently gives me ammunition to start talking to my fellow senators,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, a former City Councilman Council member who has introduced legislation in Albany to ban the industry from its last vestige in the city.

“There’s a reason horse-drawn carriages don’t exist anymore,” he said.

And last week , City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced she will introduce legislation to increase veterinary oversight of carriage horses.

On Oct. 23, Charlie, a 15-year-old draft horse, shocked onlookers when he suddenly fell dead in Central Park, some 20 days after his debut pulling carriages along city streets.

While the cause of death is still not known, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which polices the industry, said Charlie suffered from ulcers and had a fractured tooth.

Dr. Pamela Corey, an ASPCA veterinarian, initially concluded in a report on Charlie’s death that the agency was concerned the horse was forced to work through painful maladies.

But Corey later tried to change her statement to say Charlie’s labors didn’t contribute to his death — a move that raised eyebrows. The agency then suspended her.

She could not be reached for comment. The ASPCA, which wants to ban horse-drawn carriages, said in a statement to the Daily News that its officials were “perplexed” by Corey’s flip-flop.

The city’s Horse and Carriage Association warned against a rush to judgment. “Charlie didn’t die because he was a carriage horse,” said its spokeswoman, Christina Hansen. “We still don’t know why he died.”

Less than two weeks after Charlie’s death, another Belgian-bred carriage horse, this one named Luke, fell to the street in front of alarmed tourists on Nov. 4. A different ASPCA vet cleared Luke to resume labors after his fall, officials said.

In an earlier incident in July, a carriage horse named Billy was pulling passengers when he was spooked by a pedicab and couldn’t be stopped, the ASPCA said. Theresa Shaver, her husband, Edward, and their son Eddie, 13, were forced to jump from the carriage.

“The horse was scared,” Theresa Shaver told The Syracuse Post Standard, noting Billy twice fell to the ground, leaving onlookers in tears. The ASPCA said the horse was unhurt, but that an investigation is continuing.

And the woes of Charlie, Luke and Billy follow years of similar, saddening incidents.

Chief among them was the fate of a horse named Smoothie, who in 2007 was spooked by a drum noise, ran wildly into tree and died. One year earlier, a horse with carriage in tow galloped down a busy street and hit a car. The horse had to be put down.

“It shouldn’t be surprising to any of us that these accidents happen with regularity,” said animal activist and documentary filmmaker Donny Moss, of Greenwich Village.

He said the modern city, with its highly trafficked, paved streets, constant noise and vehicle exhaust, is an unhealthy environment for horses. He charged that the animals are routinely warehoused in stalls just large enough to allow them to lie down.

Yet supporters of the industry, including the never-ending flow of tourists who want a relaxing ride around iconic Central Park, say the horses are as much a part of the city as the Statue of Liberty.

“I think it’s a tradition that we felt like we couldn’t miss,” said Amy Henrichsen, of Texas, who took a ride after getting married in the park on Thursday . said that at this time of year, the horses are part of the holiday spirit.

“Around Christmas, it is so exciting!” she said. “It’s one of the first things to do with your kids in New York.”

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


HORSES WITHOUT CARRIAGES INTERNATIONAL DAY - Saturday December 3rd Rally

Please join us for a rally and demonstration against the inhumane and unsafe carriage horse trade.

When: Saturday, December 3rd - 1:00 pm
Where: north/west corner Central Park South and Fifth Avenue - near the hack line

Horses Without Carriages International is an international coalition of activists from many cities who are working to end the horse-drawn carriage trade in their city. We take joint action on the first Saturday in June and the first Saturday in December at the beginning of the holiday season.


SUPPORT BILL TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES IN ALBANY

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.

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.

IN ADDITION TO SIGNING THE PETITION - PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.
Senate - Click here for the Senate site; find your Senator and call the district/local office.
Assembly - Click here for the Assembly site; find your Assemblymember and call the district office
Everyone has one Senator and one Assemblymember representing them.

For all those who live outside NYS, you may call these offices and show your support as tourists:

Senator Tony Avella - 1-718-357-3094
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal - 1-212-873-6368
Let them know that you are a potential tourist to NYC and that you support their bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.


PRESS CONFERENCE - CARRIAGE HORSES

Sunday, November 13th at noon - great turnout in support of bill
We had a great turnout for Senator Tony Avella's press conference on the steps of City Hall last Sunday, November 13th. Senator Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal are sponsoring companion bills in the state legislature to ban horse-drawn carriages. (See next section below)

The rally was covered by the following media:

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/horse-drawn-carriage-protest-at-city-hal...

http://www.wpix.com/videogallery/66069550/News/Horse-Drawn-Carriages-Pro...


NYC - Carriage trade files complaint against ASPCA -FOR WHAT?

NYC Carriage Drivers to File Formal Complaint with Attorney General Against ASPCA - Horse Back Magazine - 11/21/11

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/12710/comment-page-1#comment-7168
Bully tactics!!!


ASPCA SUSPENDS THEIR EQUINE VET

Poor Charlie. He could not die in peace. The ASPCA has suspended Dr. Pam Corey for back tracking on statements she originally made about the necropsy. She wanted it to be weaker than originally stated. This situation is currently a mess of He said/She said. It was first covered in the NY Times, the NY Post and CBS.

Unfortunately, this puts the ASPCA's interpretation of the necropsy into question. It is tainted. Corey's flip flopping is highly suspect also and there is no reason why anyone should believe her. So we do not know where the truth is. The carriage industry and Teamsters are all over this lauding Corey as a hero. The ASPCA has been almost silent. We have FOILed the Department of Health for a copy of the original necropsy.

HUSBAND OF VET POSTS LETTER ON PUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE
it clearly shows what side he is on See my letter to the editor coming up in the New York DailyNews in response to this media bias in favor of the nut case anti-horse activists The news story on friday about a carriage horse that fell down gives TV time to the "animal rights" activists and their radical accusations, but gives no voice to business to defend themselves, or to Cornell University experts to set the record straight. These activists walk around central park with cameras looking for any mundane event (like a horse refusing to get up) and they spin it into allegations of cruelty.

What has happened to media balance on TV in covering these stories? Why are extremists being given the media spotlight ? When covering a story about 9/11 does the media interview the wacko "truther" conspiracy activists instead of FDNY?

For the first time in many years a carriage horse in NYC died, and the activists were overjoyed. There is no factual evidence of cruelty but that wont stop the activists from accusing the carriage drivers. CBS TV news covered the story about the dead horse, and their news anchor says "3 horses have either died or been injured in recent weeks"

The other 2 horses that fell down did not die. Animals fall down - it happens to cows in a milk barn also! Translate this into the actual facts: only this single horse died. The horse was a new member of the NYC carriage horse fleet - having worked in the city for less than a month - so obviously it's death was likely from a pre-existing medical condition. Radical animal rights activists are not the 99% ! They are the same people that think eating meat is a crime ! Mayor Bloomberg is right that these horses are well cared for and are lucky to have a job. Mike Larsson Livestock Inspector Long Island, New York.


NYC Continues to Fail Its Carriage Horse

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.

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.

IN ADDITION TO SIGNING THE PETITION - PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.
Senate - Click here for the Senate site; find your Senator and call the district/local office.
Assembly - Click here for the Assembly site, find your Assemblymember and call the district office
Everyone has one Senator and one Assemblymember representing them.

For all those who live outside NYS, you may call these offices and show your support as tourists:

Senator Tony Avella - 1-718-357-3094
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal - 1-212-873-6368
Let them know that you are a potential tourist to NYC and that you support their bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.


Press Conference at City Hall Tomorrow!

NYCLASS will be holding a press conference tomorrow, Monday, November 14th at 12:30 pm on the steps of City Hall with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, ASPCA and more. Sign up here.

Please join us foran exciting announcement for Charlie, Luke and the rest of the carriage horses. Sign up now.

Thanks for being a Horse Hero,


Your Action is Urgently Needed Now to Stop the Resurrection of Horse Slaughter in America!

Equine Advocates is urging every American who cares about horses to contact by phone and/or fax every member of the Senate Appropriations Committee before the end of this week to vote against squandering tax payer dollars by funding inspections for horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia successfully led members of the House of Representatives in a vote to continue to defund inspections of horses for slaughter.... But what happened in the Senate is a different story. Its members voted NOT to defund or prohibit these inspections, thus opening the door for horse slaughter to return to the US.

We must not allow horse slaughterhouses to be rebuilt in the US. Equine Advocates is a proud member of the Equine Welfare Alliance which has provided all the information and related links that you need to take action now.

Please remember as this is a financial bill, you should only bring up your objections to the spending of tax payer dollars to fund these horse slaughter inspections. In this case, it would not be helpful to become emotional about the horse slaughter issue itself - Rather it would be more appropriate just to politely say that in this economy you object to government spending to pay for inspections for horses being slaughtered for human consumption. Inspections should be spent on the American food supply - not for horses to be slaughtered as delicacies to satisfy the taste for horsemeat in other cultures. Building slaughterhouses in the US to butcher horses is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars and is opposed by over 75% of the American people.

Please set aside some time today or before the end of this week to make your voice heard. Thank you!


Tonight - NYC - Stand up for NYC's Carriage Horses -"Tourist Hotel Crawl"

PLEASE FORWARD

WHEN: Wednesday - November 9th at 6:30PM
WHERE: north/west corner of Central Park South & 60th St. - we will start here and move on to the hotels on Central Park South and on to 7th Avenue and Broadway

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Join activists this Wednesday evening to demand an end to the inhumane and unsafe carriage trade. Everyone is invited as we stand in solidarity for the horses.

Participating to date are the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, In Defense of Animals, 212Horse Power, Animal Freedom International,

We will meet at the hack line (indicated above) and then move on to the hotels on Central Park South, Oriental Mandarin on 60th St., the site of the latest incident and then move on to the hotels on 7th Avenue and Broadway. We will be doing a "Tourist Hotel Crawl."

The most recent incident occurred on Friday night when a beautiful dark carriage horse collapsed on 60th St. off Broadway, on his way back to the stable. The reasons are not yet known. This is the Channel 2 coverage.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/05/animal-activists-renew-calls-to-b...

The industry, never taking responsibility for anything, said this:
“This horse did not ‘collapse.’ All horses were suspended from working most of this week due to storm damage in Central Park. The combination of the long period with no work and the cold snap led to this horse exhibiting normal, frisky horse behavior by bucking. A hind leg tangled with the shaft of the carriage, the horse fell, and stayed down calmly while people unhooked him from the carriage. He was walked back to his stable under his own power, without further incident.”

According to the Daily News, the horse lay very still on the ground for about 15 minutes. That does not sound like a frisky horse to me.

This latest incident comes on the heels of the death of Charlie Horse on October 23rd and the spooking crash involving an unnamed horse on October 28th.

For those who may not see the horses in traffic, this YouTube video by HorsesinNYC was done a few years ago when Intro 658 was active. It is no longer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJNBo1iqdE&feature=related

PLEASE come out to join us on Wednesday. Dress warmly since we plan to be on the move as we did with the vigil.

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


Raise A Glass For Charlie Nov. 14th!

It’s hard to watch carriage horses suffer needlessly -- especially when we have a solution that saves the horses AND the tourism industry in New York City. And it’s easy to get angry, especially when there have been three incidents in the last 15 days.

Don't get angry. Get organized.

Join us next MONDAY night, November 14th, at a Happy Hour for the Horses! Mark your calendar now and click here to RSVP!


Pamela Anderson Calling for NYC Horse Carriage Ban After Second Horse Collapses

The recent news of a New York City carriage horse's death has drawn strong responses from animal organizations and celebrity advocates like Lea Michele.

Only two weeks later, a second carriage horse collapsed in the street. Now animal advocate and long-time friend of PETA, Pamela Anderson, is calling for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in New York City. According to Contact Music, the actress has joined Lea Michele in supporting a petition asking Mayor Bloomberg to put an end to horse carriages in the city. The online petition, created by New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, calls for the horse carriages to be replaced with environmentally-friendly replicas of classic cars proposed in city council bill, Intro 86.

Anderson wrote on her Facebook page, "For the second time in less than two weeks, a carriage horse has collapsed on a Manhattan street. Horses do not belong in a congested, urban setting where they are constantly breathing exhaust and sharing the streets with cars, buses and taxis."

She, along with Michele, has urged fans to sign the petition and help get Intro 86 passed. Michele also recently wrote a letter to Mayor Bloomberg in support of the ban.


NYC - Stand up for NYC's Carriage Horses - "Tourist Hotel Crawl"

PLEASE FORWARD

WHEN: Wednesday - November 9th at 6:30PM
WHERE: north/west corner of Central Park South & 60th St. - we will start here and move on to the hotels on Central Park South and on to 7th Avenue and Broadway

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Join activists this Wednesday evening to demand an end to the inhumane and unsafe carriage trade. Everyone is invited as we stand in solidarity for the horses.

Participating to date are the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, In Defense of Animals, 212Horse Power, Animal Freedom International, and Friends of Animals NYC/NJ (FAUN).

We will meet at the hack line (indicated above) and then move on to the hotels on Central Park South, Oriental Mandarin on 60th St., the site of the latest incident and then move on to the hotels on 7th Avenue and Broadway. We will be doing a "Tourist Hotel Crawl."

The most recent incident occurred on Friday night when a beautiful dark carriage horse collapsed on 60th St. off Broadway, on his way back to the stable. The reasons are not yet known. This is the Channel 2 coverage.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/05/animal-activists-renew-calls-to-b...

The industry, never taking responsibility for anything, said this:
“This horse did not ‘collapse.’ All horses were suspended from working most of this week due to storm damage in Central Park. The combination of the long period with no work and the cold snap led to this horse exhibiting normal, frisky horse behavior by bucking. A hind leg tangled with the shaft of the carriage, the horse fell, and stayed down calmly while people unhooked him from the carriage. He was walked back to his stable under his own power, without further incident.”

According to the Daily News, the horse lay very still on the ground for about 15 minutes. That does not sound like a frisky horse to me.

This latest incident comes on the heels of the death of Charlie Horse on October 23rd and the spooking crash involving an unnamed horse on October 28th.

For those who may not see the horses in traffic, this YouTube video by HorsesinNYC was done a few years ago when Intro 658 was active. It is no longer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJNBo1iqdE&feature=related

PLEASE come out to join us on Wednesday. Dress warmly since we plan to be on the move as we did with the vigil.

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


NYC Fails Its Carriage Horse - 6 accidents since July

The vigil for Charlie was a resounding success. 100 activists joined the candle light vigil standing in solidarity with each other. Yet three hours after we remembered Charlie's life on Central Park South, another horse - name unknown - spooked on that street, bolting and tearing into traffic until he crashed his empty carriage and fell in the park off 7th Avenue. I learned of this the next day through an e-mail from a tourist.

The picture of Charlie went viral. It was a very poignant image of a downed, once powerful horse.


NYC - ANOTHER - yes another carriage horse collapses

A horse collapsed while pulling a carriage at the intersection of 60th Street and Broadway on Friday, right in the middle of the evening commute.

According to the ASPCA, the horse was suspended pending a veterinary exam and won’t return to work until the exam is completed.

It was the second horse to collapse in the street in two weeks. Last week a spooked horse crashed outside Central Park. Animal advocates say enough is enough.

“Yet again it’s another illustration of why these horses do not belong on the streets of New York City,” said Carly Knudson of New Yorkers for Clean and Livable Safe Streets.

However, a spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York e-mailed CBS 2 early Saturday morning disputing the claim that the horse had collapsed, saying: “This horse did not ‘collapse.’ All horses were suspended from working most of this week due to storm damage in Central Park. The combination of the long period with no work and the cold snap led to this horse exhibiting normal, frisky horse behavior by bucking. A hind leg tangled with the shaft of the carriage, the horse fell, and stayed down calmly while people unhooked him from the carriage. He was walked back to his stable under his own power, without further incident.”

Last month, 15-year-old draft horse “Charlie” dropped dead as he pulled a carriage to work at Central Park. A necropsy revealed he had several ailments, including a fractured tooth and a chronic stomach ulcer.

“Some of these horses have underlying health conditions that are not being noticed or picked up in the mandatory Department of Health fact checks,” Knudson said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a long-time supporter of the horse and carriage trade, what he called a major source of tourism revenue. He’s not wavered from his position to keep the horses on the street.

“Most of them probably wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job,” Bloomberg said recently.

State Sen. Tony Avella, however, has sponsored legislation to ban the horse and buggy rides.

“I challenge the Mayor and Speaker Quinn now to end this practice because shame on them if they continue to allow this to go on,” he said.

In July, a horse died and it’s driver was almost killed in an accident with a taxi.

Infuriated by the latest incident, Avella asked how many more accidents need to happen before the practice is stopped.

“How long are we going to continue to have the cruelty to the animals, horses dropping dead in Midtown traffic? Plus the danger to pedestrians and motorists?” Avella said.

Should horse-drawn carriages be banned in New York City? Sound off in our comments section below…

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/05/animal-activists-renew-calls-to-b...


ANOTHER Carriage horse accident in NYC

Another accident involving a carriage horse in New York has prompted senator Tony Avella to make a renewed call to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry.

The accident happened just three hours after the vigil on October 28 for Charlie Horse, who collapsed and died on his way to work in the city on October 23.

A horse spooked and bolted into traffic on Central Park South, prompting senator Avella to call upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to take immediate action to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry.

A tourist from North Carolina, Philip Powell, notified the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages (who in turn notified Avella's office) that he and his wife were walking by the carriage horse hack line on Central Park South at 11pm - not far from Columbus Circle - when one of the horses spooked and charged into traffic - running west before he made a u-turn on the congested street - dragging the empty carriage behind him. The horse then ran east on Central Park South and turned into the park at 7th Avenue where he crashed.

Powell was fairly close to the horse when he noticed him jerk his head upright and then bolt into traffic. He said it was quiet at the time. "It's an absolute miracle that the horse and no pedestrians were seriously hurt," Powell said. "The entire incident happened so fast and was extremely shocking. The horse took off at top speed and could not be stopped. He could have easily trampled a pedestrian."

When Powell and his wife finally caught up with the horse, they saw an overturned, damaged carriage at the intersection of West and Center Drive, just off Seventh Avenue.

"When we arrived, the horse was standing, but trapped in the gear. Several men tried to free him. They eventually left after a man led the horse away and some other men were cleaning up the broken carriage.

"The police arrived, joining what appeared to be a dark unmarked car with officials asking the crowds to get back."

Another eye witness, New Yorker Scott Graham, who was returning home from dinner, saw the end of the crash.

"The spooked horse ran as fast as he could into oncoming traffic, narrowly missing a few taxis," he said.

"The horse tried to careen into Central Park at the 7th Ave. entrance, but skid, hit the curb and flipped with the carriage, falling to the ground on his side. The horse then got up and ran off again into the park, with the empty carriage still attached.

"An unmarked cop car followed and I showed it where to go. It turned out the horse crashed again into a curb. He seemed fine but tangled in the harness. They were trying to cu him out of the tangle. The carriage was in pieces. It was the scariest incident I have seen since coming to New York."

Mary Culpepper, board member of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, said that as prey animals, horses are unpredictable and can spook at the slightest provocation.

"It did not have to be a loud noise. It could have been a shadow, an odd shape or rustling leaves that terrified him and caused him to run from the source of his fear.

"No horse is unspookable," she said. "This accident is consistent with what is known about the nature of a horse."

Coalition president Elizabeth Forel said that if it had not been for "two vigilant and caring tourists and a New Yorker, the public would not have learned about this accident".

"We suspect there are many more accidents like this that get covered up and not reported. Horses are prey animals and nervous, by their very nature. Running from what he perceived to be a danger, he became an unwitting weapon as he tore into traffic. It is fortunate that he did not get killed or kill anyone in his panicked flight," Forel said.

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/11/022.shtml


New York City Fails Its Carriage Horses

Charlie Horse died on Sunday, October 23rd on the mean streets of New York. He was a NYC carriage horse on his way to work in the park. He lay there on the street, unidentified at the time – his mouth open, hooves tied together and mane flared. The beautiful 15-year old white Percheron looked so big and powerful and helpless at the same time – like the image of Pegasus struck down – so final and so alone. It was a shock.

At the time I said “Healthy horses do not just die in the street” and that “this horse must have died in the throes of agonizing pain because of the many hoof scuff marks on the street near his body.” I did not know how right I unfortunately would be.

On Monday, October 31st, the ASPCA released a statement about the necropsy report, “Charlie was not a healthy horse and was likely suffering from pain due to a pronounced ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth. [He] was not healthy for a career in an urban carriage horse business.”

Last week, in response to the death of the horse, Mayor Bloomberg added fuel to the fire by defending the industry. He dismissed calls for a ban saying that he could not imagine why “Anybody wants to destroy something that is part of New York’s heritage and that tourists love.“ He continued “They’re [carriage horses] well taken care of and most of them wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job.”

About Charlie, he said there was “no evidence “it” had been abused.” In response to the news of Charlie’s illnesses, the mayor said “This is a horse that went to work at age 15. Without that, unfortunately, the horse probably would have been put down, and so at least “it” had a good life.”

Some people insist on living in an altered reality, wearing blinders.

New York is a world class city. People come here for the theater, shopping, night life, gourmet restaurants, and excellent museums – but not for a carriage horse ride. I often see the carriages parked waiting for customers who rarely come. The other night at the candle light vigil we held for Charlie, the carriages were lined up waiting and waiting for customers.

And who are all those people who love this industry to whom Mayor Bloomberg refers? Every poll I have seen in the last five years has shown at least 75% of respondents in favor of a ban of this trade. The most recent was from the Wall Street Journal and asked “Should NYC ban horse-drawn carriages?” The latest results I checked showed a tally of 76.8% Yes and 23.2% No.

The industry refuses to accept any responsibility for carriage horse deaths, accidents, living and working conditions, or violating rules and regulations. They like to say that they love their horses and Charlie was healthy – that we are just a bunch of humaniacs, loons and bleeding hearts – that we are uninformed, liars and know nothing about horses. How wrong they are.

This was an illness whose symptoms had to be noticed by anyone who cared for that horse. Why were his cries for help unheeded? I asked Dr. Holly Cheever, world renowned equine veterinarian and expert on the carriage industry, her opinion about this tragedy. She said – “As a member of a prey species, Charlie would have concealed his pain–but a knowledgeable horse handler would have noted both lesions and would have had dental surgery to extract the tooth as well as medication and diet changes to minimize the ulcer’s pain. Such expenses are rarely acceptable to this industry.”

Susan Wagner, president of Equine Advocates, a sanctuary in upstate New York and home to 80 equines, added “I believe that Charlie’s stomach ulcer combined with the added pain of a bad tooth, with all of that metal in his mouth putting pressure on it, could have really exacerbated his stomach problem. His death probably could have been prevented and Charlie would still be alive today had he been given the medical attention he so badly needed but he never received.”

Another Horse Spooks

Just three hours after our vigil for Charlie Horse, another horse spooked and bolted into traffic on Central Park South. Philip Powell, a tourist from North Carolina, told the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages that he and his wife were walking by the carriage horse hack line on Central Park South – not far from Columbus Circle – when one of the horses spooked and charged into traffic – running west before he made a u-turn on the congested street – dragging an empty carriage behind him. The horse ran east on Central Park South and turned into the park at 7th Avenue where he crashed. This happened around 11 pm on Friday night, October 28th.

Powell was fairly close to the horse when he noticed him jerk his head upright and then bolt into traffic. He said it was quiet at the time. Powell told New York State Senator Tony Avella and us that “It’s an absolute miracle that the horse and no pedestrians were seriously hurt. The entire incident happened so fast and was extremely shocking. The horse took off at top speed and could not be stopped. He could have easily trampled a pedestrian.”

When Powell and his wife finally caught up with the horse, he witnessed an overturned, damaged carriage at the intersection of West and Center Drive, just off Seventh Avenue. “When we arrived, the horse was standing, but trapped in the gear. Several men tried to free him. They eventually left after a man led the horse away and some other men were cleaning up the broken carriage. “ The police arrived, joining what appeared to be a dark unmarked car with officials asking the crowds to get back.

This accident is consistent with the nature of a horse. They are unpredictable, nervous prey animals and can spook at the slightest provocation. It does not have to be a loud noise, but could be a shadow, odd shape, rustling leaves, even an odor. They run from what they perceive to be a danger and become an unwitting, powerful weapon. It is fortunate that the horse did not get killed or kill anyone in his panicked flight.

We checked with the two local police precincts and they oddly did not have any record of the incident even though the police were reported to be at the accident site. The ASPCA did, however, confirm this accident with Senator Tony Avella’s office.

I have long suspected that there are many more accidents like this that get covered up because I hear about them from tourists and New Yorkers but they never make the press and information is not available through the government agencies – even when we have documenting photos.

We do not know how much longer this abominable, archaic and politically connected industry will continue getting away with what they do.

It is inhumane, which has been confirmed by Charlie’s death, and it is unsafe, which has been confirmed by the nameless horse’s spooking accident.

But we are going to stay in this fight until the industry is shut down and the horses saved. We support Senator Avella’s and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal’s bill in Albany, which would prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Bills #S5013 (Senate) and #A7748 (Assembly). Show your Support for the new bill by signing this petition.

We believe the bill will have a better chance in Albany, away from the unreasonable, political favoritism of New York City.

by Elizabeth Forel

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/new-york-city-fails-its-c...


Comedian Harris Bloom on Bloomberg - Mayor Mike Bloomberg is a Piece of Shit

I really don't want to write these things.

I swear, I have so much effin' things to do - day gig, a wife, ten month old baby at home, two dogs, animal rescue, comedy "career" - I really don't have the time.

But I'm compelled to...

Cause our Mayor, Bloomberg, is a sack of shit.

He's always been arrogant and dismissive, that's his MO when dealing with any criticism. Usually, I don't make a big deal about it, because I figure, eh, what's the use.

But now I figure if I can change one person's point of view about him, I have to do it (okay, I have to change more than one...at least like seven...yeah, seven).

As many of you know, a carriage horse died in the street several days ago in NYC. Bloomberg, as usual, not only didn't seem the least bit sorry about it, he didn't offer the usual platitudes of any investigation forthcoming, no, he seemed, well, arrogant and dismissive. Here are his money (irony intended) quotes from the article....

Days after a carriage horse collapsed and died in Midtown, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Wednesday dismissed calls for a ban on the carriage industry, saying he could not imagine why “anybody wants to destroy something that is part of New York’s heritage and that tourists love.”

“I have no idea what goes through their minds,” the mayor said of opponents of horse-drawn carriages.

“The horses here are supervised by the health department, the A.S.P.C.A.,” he said. “They’re well taken care of. And most of them wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job.”

First of all, he's mentioned the tourist aspect several times - There isn't a tourist in the freaking world who comes here simply to ride the horse drawn carriages...sure, maybe some have it on their "to do" list while here, but not a single one isn't going to come to NY because they can't ride a horse.

Secondly, he has no idea what's on the minds of opponents? If that statement is true, then he's even more of an asshole than I thought. I mean, I can understand how he can object to us thinking the way we do, but to be so devoid of empathy is quite frankly scary.

The next sentence I pasted here is worthy of a reprint (even though I just pasted it a few lines up)...

"The horses here are supervised by the health department, the A.S.P.C.A.,” he said. “They’re well taken care of. And most of them wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job.”

Why is that sentence worthy of a reprint? This came out yesterday.

They are "well taken care of?" Oh, really?

Apparently, this horse, Charlie as he was named, was just checked out by Dept of Health vets (I assume they have vets) in June. Meanwhile, as per the ASPCA's necropsy report, indications are that "Charlie was not a healthy horse and was likely suffering from pain due to pronounced chronic ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth."

When Bloomberg was asked about Charlie's death again, he responded, "Like everyone, eventually they die...some die on the streets."

I hope someone eulogizes him the same way.
Harris Bloom
Founder/President
http://www.stewietotherescue.org

http://stewietotherescue.blogspot.com/2011/11/mayor-mike-bloomberg-is-pi...


Carriage Horse That Died Was Sickly, A.S.P.C.A. Reports

A carriage horse that collapsed and died on the job last week was “not a healthy horse” and suffered from stomach ulcers, among other things, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

The cause of death for the 15-year-old horse, Charlie, who collapsed on West 54th Street on Oct. 23 on his way to Central Park, has not been determined. But Charlie, who had been working as a carriage horse for only a few weeks, “was likely suffering from pain to due pronounced chronic ulceration of the stomach,” the society said in a news release issued Monday.

“We are very concerned that Charlie was forced to work in spite of painful maladies,” said Dr. Pamela Corey, the society’s vet in charge of carriage horse welfare, “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 very severe.” Charlie also had a fractured tooth, the society said. Little is known of Charlie’s life before he came to New York City, the society said.

Charlie’s death prompted renewed calls for the abolition of the carriage-horse industry in New York, but Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg dismissed the idea last week, saying that the horses were well taken care of and that he could not imagine why “anybody wants to destroy something that is part of New York’s heritage and that tourist’s love.”


CHARLIE HONORED IN A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL he will be sent off with love and a vow that his death will not be in vain.

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR TONY AVELLA joins the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, other animals protection organizations and the 75% of New Yorkers who want an end to the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriage industry for a Candle Light Vigil to honor the life and death of Charlie, a beautiful white carriage horse who collapsed and died on the mean streets of New York City on Sunday morning , October 23rd – just a few blocks from the stable that he called home.

WHEN: Friday evening – October 28th – from 7pm to 9 pm

WHERE: starting at the north/west corner of Central Park South and 5th Avenue (for about one hour) and then marching to W. 54th St. where Charlie died – and then to the W. 52nd St. stable.

Senator Avella is the original sponsor of the historic Intro 658 – the first bill ever introduced into the City Council in 2007 to ban horse-drawn carriages…a bill that went nowhere in the Council because of the political cover afforded the industry by the Administration and Council Speaker.

Senator Avella has introduced the same bill into the state Senate. S5013 and A7748. The assembly bill was introduced by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal who has also been invited to our rally. It is hoped to have a much better chance there. It will shut down this inhumane and unsafe industry in NYC.

We are calling the bill Bobby’s Bill after the NYC carriage horse we rescued from the kill floor of the New Holland live stock auctions in June 2010. Bobby II Freedom is now living a grand life at Equine Advocates’ Sanctuary in Chatham, NY. Bobby was a cast off from West Side Livery Stables.



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