Yesterday, I arrived back in NYC to join forces with the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, PETA and several other groups and individuals to put a stop to the abusive ‘tradition’ of the horse-drawn carriage industry.
We have seen for years, it is impossible for any agency to monitor the horses in the carriage industry properly and ensure their health and well-being. No amount of regulation can protect the public from the danger of horses who bolt when they become frightened. New York City has the highest horse-drawn carriage accident rate in the country, and horses suffer lung damage from inhaling exhaust fumes.
According to a NYC comptroller’s audit, which found a litany of problems in the carriage industry, from lax veterinary care to infrequent inspections.
The audit also found that the horses were not provided with enough water, were at risk of overheating on hot asphalt and were forced to stand in their own waste because of inadequate drainage.
Vets even say that ‘Lameness and hoof deterioration are inevitable when a horse spends its life walking or jogging on the unnaturally concussive asphalt of city streets’
On Sat, April 27 we held a meeting for locals who are concerned about these horses. At the meeting, Daniel talked about the history of the horse-drawn carriage industry and what people could do to help raise public awareness.
After the meeting, we all went near the hack lines (hack line is where the horses/carriage stand, with no shade, while the driver attempts to grab people to go for a ride.) with posters and post cards for people to sign to voice their concerns about the abusive industry.
It was a very productive day we talked to hundreds of people and they were very supportive of the ban on horse drawn carriage in NYC.
New York City Council Member Tony Avella introduced groundbreaking legislation that would ban the abusive horse-drawn carriage industry in the city. So the time is now for us all to let the city council members know that this cruel and outdated industry needs to end.
If you are in the NYC area and would like to help; please let me know because I will be here in the city working on this issue. (If you do not know how to contact me, please just leave a comment below.)