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Friends of Animals Valentine's Day Horse Rally Rouses New York

By Edita Birnkrant

The posters could be seen from afar, heart shaped, bright-red and bold, urging passersby:

horse carriage demonstrators
Showing strong support for a horse carriage ban

Give Horses a Valentine: Their Freedom

Have a Heart; Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

Don't Break Cupid's Heart; Say NO to Carriage Rides

Friends of Animals and Coalition Laud Avella's Stance on Horses, Look Forward to Future

Friends of Animals and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages thank New York City council member Tony Avella for the courageous and forward-thinking legislation that was formally introduced Tuesday, the 11th of December, at City Hall - Intro 658 "“ to end the custom of horse-drawn carriages in the city.

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

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.

Campaign to Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles in NYC

Council Member Tony Avella Boosts Campaign to Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles in NYC

BOTH SIDES: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Tours Safe, Humane Or Mistreatment?

Excerpted from:

The Hartford Courant

By DANIEL P. JONES
Courant Staff Writer

...."Recently, the state Office of Policy and Management gave Wethersfield a $25,000 grant to provide horse-drawn carriages in the town's historic district, slated to begin this fall. The project has been billed as a way to accentuate the rich heritage of Connecticut's "most ancient town." A more progressive perspective, however, would suggest that buggy rides are an exploitative and dangerous tradition that should be left in the history books.

Friends of Animals Challenging Carriage Rides in Wethersfield, Fox and CBS News Report

Wethersfield, Conn. - Friends of Animals' strong objections to the town's plan to provide horse-drawn carriage rides drew statewide television coverage last night. Speaking before the Wethersfield Tourism Commission, Nancy Rice, Outreach Coordinator for Friends of Animals, urged that the exploitative and archaic practice "be left behind in the history books."

Group Looks to Outlaw Horse Carriages

By: JESSE BUCHANAN, Special to the Herald

WETHERSFIELD - To most, a carriage ride is romantic, quaint and relaxing.

To others, it's cruel and exploitative.

The town's plan to provide horse-drawn carriage rides in Old Wethersfield is being opposed by the animal-rights group Friends of Animals, based in Darien.

"This practice attracts tourists but at the expense of living beings," said Joan Lownds, Friends of Animals staff writer. "It's just not necessary."

Boston Herald Covers FoA Horse-Drawn Vehicle Interventions

The Boston Herald, in "Rein Dance: Horse-drawn carriage owners fight push for ban" (Monday, 21 May), reports that Friends of Animals, in addition to working to abolish horse-drawn carriage tours of New York, "will crack the whip on Boston" next.

"These are two international cities that will get along just fine without carriage rides," said Edita Birnkrant, New York City campaign coordinator for Connecticut-based Friends of Animals.

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A Life and Death Without Dignity-NYC Advocates Seek Ban on Horse Carriages

A Coalition including Friends of Animals, and other groups whose goal is to enact a ban on horse-drawn carriages, once again urges Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Council to pass legislation to end the exploitative carriage horse industry.

We ask the public to boycott carriage horses until they are officially disallowed.

Horse Advocates Seek Carriage Ban

For Immediate Release
Contact: Edita Birnkrant, Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Tel: 917. 940.2725

Calling for Decency and Public Safety, Horse Advocates Seek Carriage Ban

NEW YORK, NY - A coalition including Friends of Animals and others striving to ban horse-drawn carriages once again urges Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council to pass legislation that would end the dangerous carriage horse industry in New York City.

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