For information and interviews, contact Brandon Gittelman, Director of Media Relations, Friends of Animals, Pennsylvania Chapter: 917-328-9873; E-Mail

We need your help in making two quick phone calls that could end a December promotion of horse-drawn carriage rides in front of the Wanamaker Building, downtown at 1300 Market Street. Macy’s refuses to take a stand against the exploitation of horses going on directly in front of its main entrance this holiday season. Please tell Macy’s you won’t accept their complicity in this exploitive practice.

Macy’s management and the Wanamaker Building management, which houses Macy’s, have been informed through repeated phone conversations that horse exploitation is not appropriately offered up to their customers as a festive holiday treat. With Friends of Animals’ effort to enact legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia gaining strides, why would Macy’s take a step backwards by allowing an archaic and disrespectful industry to set up at its front door?

Please make polite calls to the people who can stop this promotion. Tell them that you won’t be shopping at any Macy’s store until this stops, and that you’ll be telling everyone you know to not only boycott Macy’s, but to also join the protests Friends of Animals will organize on Sunday, the 20th of December in front of Macy’s if the rides don’t stop.

Jim Kenney, General Manager of Macy’s, can be reached by calling 215-241-9000. Let the recorded message play for 5 seconds, then hit zero and ask the operator for Jim Kenney. You can also reach Jim by dialing 215-241-9000, dialing 1 after the message starts, and then dialing his direct extension at 2755.

Marita Osbourne, General Manager of Wanamaker Building, can be reached at 215-851-0406.

Have a few more minutes? Then help us out and support the horses in a further way. These carriages are licensed by the city, so contact Councilmember Frank DiCicco and Mayor Nutter to give them the message: C’mon, people. It’s not festive to make horses cart us around.

Councilmember Frank DiCicco: 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459 E-mail

Mayor Michael Nutter: 215-686-2181 E-mail