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Lobby Day in Albany for NYC Horse-Drawn Carriage Bill

Friends of Animals was a sponsor of the Lobby Day in Albany on May 1st , 2012 for the bill that would ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. 50 advocates attended and took a chartered bus at 8am to the Capitol in Albany from New York City.

Upon arrival in Albany, we gathered in a hearing room in the Capital where NY Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, sponsors of the carriage horse ban bill addressed the crowd and gave advice and pointers on speaking to their colleagues about supporting their bill.

Materials were distributed, including Friends of Animals color brochure Why Should New Yorkers Support a Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages, which each legislator and lobby attended received. We broke up into 10 teams, and each team was assigned a team leader who was the lead spokesperson in each meeting. Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals was a team leader and met with four Senators and Assembly members during the day. All together, the teams met with nearly 40 legislators, and presented their case for why each lawmaker should support and vote for the carriage horse ban bill. Many Senators and Assembly members confirmed their support for the bill on the spot and pledged to sign on as cosponsors and vote “yes” when the bill comes up for a vote. For those who did not confirm a resounding yes of approval for the bill, we will follow up with them and continue to press for the passage of the bill.