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,