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Historic Legislation To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages To Be Announced at City Hall Press Conference and Rally

December 06, 2007 | Horses / Horse Carriages / Press Releases / Legislature

New York City-Friends of Animals and supporters will gather on the steps of City Hall on Saturday, December 8th, at 12 noon for an historic press conference and rally at which New York City council member Tony Avella will announce the introduction of legislation that would ban horse-drawn carriages from Manhattan.

Television star JoAnne Worley (Rowan & Martin's Laugh In), currently starring in Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, and president of "Actors and Others for Animals," will also speak to the press and express her enthusiastic support for the legislation and ban.

Friends of Animals is a long-time advocate of ending this exploitative industry, and it is proud that its dedication to this campaign has helped mark the first time in NYC history that legislation to enact a ban had been introduced.

"I'm thrilled that council member Tony Avella is introducing legislation that will finally end this exploitative industry in the city of New York. It's long overdue," said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals.

Horse-drawn vehicles have been banned in London and Paris. Ending the disrespectful practice of horse-drawn carriages in New York City sends an empowering message, one that unequivocally states that respect for animals is a hallmark of life in the 21st century.

"By declaring that there is no place in New York City for horse-drawn carriages, Friends of Animals is also signaling to the rest of the world that horse-drawn carriages need to be retired-everywhere," said Peter Kobel, New York City correspondent for Friends of Animals.

What: Press Conference and Rally for the Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages.
When: Saturday, December 8, 12 noon.
Where: The steps of City Hall-Broadway and Park Row.

Contact: Edita Birnkrant 212.247.8120, Cell 917.940.2725, edita@friendsofanimals.org

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It would seem that those people posting here, who think carriage horses are having a good time, have never witnessed these poor creatures in rush hour traffic. They stand in stalled traffic, breathing black exhaust fumes from the cars immediately in front of them. They have been hit by cars and there have been instances of them collapsing from heat exhaustion in traffic. Go to Times Square overnight Friday, when a neon lit carnival takes place with blaring horns, traffic jams and shrieking hooligans and tell me if the 30+ horses caught up in the bedlam feel comfortable there. If, for reasons of commerce, the City will not put a stop to the suffering, at least confine the activity to Central Park (as it was a few years ago).

it's high time. i am always *amazed* at the stupidity of people who still believe that whole concept of 'dominion over the animal kingdom' and take it so literally. please read 'dominion.' they are not yours- get over it, you & your hummer-sized ego. you probably wear fur, too, right? and think anal electrocution is our choice to make?? geez.

This is great news! After visiting Chicago this year and seeing the suffering of carriage horses, I vowed never to visit a city that had this "attraction". I hope to be able to go to New York very soon!

The idea of banning horse drawn carriages is so absurd. If you know horses at all, you know that horses(or any animal for that matter) love to have a job to do. As long as they are well fed & cared for & have the proper shoes, these animals love the attention that people give them & they love doing their jobs. It actually enhances their lives by giving them social interaction & keeps them from just standing alone & bored in a stall. It also builds muscle tone & for some older horses gives them a light duty job. If I saw a carriage horse skinny & abused, then I would turn the owner in, but most of these people take very good care of their horses & the horse is actually part of the family. Why don't you concentrate on people that fight dogs or roosters & then leave them to die when they can't fight anymore. Or people that leave animals outside neglected with no shelter or food.

"The idea of banning horse drawn carriages is so absurd. If you know horses at all, you know that horses(or any animal for that matter) love to have a job to do." Really? Did a horse ever tell you of loving and adoring being enslaved by humans? "As long as they are well fed & cared for & have the proper shoes, these animals love the attention that people give them & they love doing their jobs. It actually enhances their lives by giving them social interaction & keeps them from just standing alone & bored in a stall." Agreed. A horse would be bored in a stall. That's why they don't belong there either. "It also builds muscle tone & for some older horses gives them a light duty job. If I saw a carriage horse skinny & abused, then I would turn the owner in, but most of these people take very good care of their horses & the horse is actually part of the family. Why don’t you concentrate on people that fight dogs or roosters & then leave them to die when they can’t fight anymore. Or people that leave animals outside neglected with no shelter or food." A respectful view---what we're aiming for here---of animals entails viewing them beyond the narcissism and egocentricity of human possession and domination. We are not attempting to "concentrate" on any particular animal, as humans behave as though ALL animals exist to satisfy our whims; we are trying to concentrate on all of them. Some day I hope you will, too. Dustin Friends of Animals

Are you kidding me? We have those here and St.Louis and I've rode them a few times and it's always fun.I finally took my 3 yr old daughter on one and she loved it.This ban won't last in New York. [Blog editors' note: You might be surprised one day when your daughter is mature and reminisces: "Once upon a time, we thought horses existed on Earth to for the purpose of pulling us, day and night, through the streets of towns and cities. We treated them as we treated most of the other beings we saw around us: of value only with reference to our own use or pleasure. We didn't think they had their own plans and preferences, or that they might possibly exist on the planet as fully whole beings, communities unto themselves. After all, they are only animals, we said. My, how we've grown since then."]

I have my own horse who knows how to carriage drive and she loves it. She used to be a broodmare who's owner hated her, so we bought her, taught her how to pull a carriage. Everytime we go to harness her up, she wickers and can't wait to get out of her stall(we don't even tie her, she stands perfectly still on her own.) FoA comments: If you were locked in your room most of your life, you probably couldn't wait to get out either.

I have owned horses most of my live. For a while I lived on a ranch where my horses had over 3000 acres of grass, ponds and cans of water everywhere. They didn't need me much. Every morning they were waiting by the front gate close to the house, nickering at me for attention. I walked out there with a halter to start our day, none of them ran, in fact the problem was I only had one halter and five horses trying to stick thier heads in it. I could never have caught them out there on foot or in a truck. None of them had ever been beaten into submission, they were in a very large field and left to thier own devices and still wanted my attention and to go to work. I have also had a horse that was in a 10 acre grass pasture, plenty of water and other horses for company jump a fence to come with me when she saw me riding out on another horse. In those ways they told me they like me and our jobs. FoA comments: What you see as your horses' desire to work, has not been put to a fair test. Instead of making your horses work, why not play with them instead? You are exploiting your horses for your economic advantage -- something your horses have no say (nor nay) over, no matter how you choose to spin it. By the way, carriage horses do not have 3,000 acres to roam and are put to work every day under dangerous conditions.

The nerve of some people to pretend to know when animals are "happy"!

It always amuses me, that people will insist that animals are "happy" simply because they have been fed, (and oftentimes, even less than that), as if they could talk to them, or in fact, had ever dedicated more than a moment to even think about the absurdity and insult of such a position. This is the same mindset that postures that elephants (who are beaten to train them to perform, and who spend 23 hours a day chained) are "happy" and well cared for as they lead lives in slavery for Feld Entertainment. These horses lead miserable lives in dark stalls at night, and work all day. The common neglect has been well documented, even as it is hidden from public view (has the poster above, ever visited the animal quarters?). An occasional pat from a patron doesn't amount to much. Remember, not long ago, many insisted they were "happy" and well cared for long before the current regulations limiting their endless work hours during heat waves in the city, when "happy" horses were collapsing on the street from fatique and dehydration. Often, their owners are patronized by visitors to the city who have no regard for even minimal animal welfare as a cultural issue. To insist that these animals are "happy" and well cared for is an insult to anyone possessing common sense and even a strongly tempered sense of decency.

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