Support Removal of Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York

Horse drawn carriage

Target: Mayor Bill de Blasio

Goal: Support the removal of horse-drawn carriages in New York

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio intends to shut down the horse-drawn carriage business that carries tourists around Central Park, stating that it is inhumane to keep these horses in modern day Manhattan. With the loud traffic of the city, and the potential for accidents, this action is in the best interest for the horses.

It has been ensured that the 200 horses that are licensed to pull the carriages will be put into sanctuaries to live out the rest of their lives on farmland, instead of New York. However, there is growing concern that the termination of this business will mean more horses will be sent to slaughterhouses, as surplus from farms and racehorse breeding programs often get sent to New York to work as carriage horses. Some are critical of this logic, stating that this is not a good reason to continue with the inhumane business.

The carriage owners insist the that the horses are happy and healthy. The horses are housed in one of four stables inside a three story building in Manhattan’s far West Side. In the largest facility, Clinton Park Stables, the horses have enough room to lay down in a bed of straw. The horses also get regular checkups by veterinarians and dentists, and the building is equipped with sprinklers if there is a fire.

However there is one major drawback to these horses – there is no outdoor enclosure. The exercise that these horses get is in the urban traffic of New York. There is also potential for a horse to get spooked or hit by a car, which happened most recently in 2007. The horses do spend five weeks out of the year on a farm, but that amount of time is marginal for a creature that needs room to stretch out and roam.

This inhumane business must be put to an end. If achieved, the horses will be sent to a sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives, away from the hustle and bustle of New York. Support the mayor’s decision to remove horse-drawn carriages from New York.


Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,

I want to commend and support your decision to end the horse-drawn carriage business in New York. I too believe that this business is inhumane for the horses, who constantly have to deal with the loud traffic noises of the city. Although these horses are well cared for, I don’t think it’s right that they do not have an outdoor enclosure in which to relax. By sending these horses to a sanctuary, there will be a better chance for them to have a normal life.

I realize that there are critics against this move, stating that the surplus horses from farms and breeding programs will be sent to slaughterhouses, but this critique shouldn’t be the reason to continue with the business. Irresponsible breeding is to be blamed. Therefore, please continue with this move. I support you wholeheartedly.


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  1. Anja Heibloem Stroud says:

    The NY horse nazi is trying to close down a legal business that has been here for many years. Why don’t we recall the moron instead. Green energy provided by horses is the way to go. I fully support the NY Carriage Horses. Down with greed, get rid of de blasio horse nazi instead.

  2. Terri Towner says:

    Your logic does not make sense. I have been a horse owner for more than 40 years. The carriage horses get enough exercise pulling carriages in the park…… what they need is rest, this is what happens in the stall. They have awesome care. Better than most horses nationwide. They earn their keep for which they were bred and trained to do. In all honesty, most of the horses get more than a 5 week turn out. Who is going to pay for the horses to be at a sanctuary for the rest of their natural lives and who is going to pay their owners the amount of revenue they brought to the city and them selves each year. Taking the livelihood from working folks should not be! This is cruel and inhumane treatment of people and potentially the horses. If horses should not be in New York, what does that say about the safety of people being in New York? Please think this logic through again. I think carriage horses are a win-win economically for the city. Where the lack of carriage horses would be a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.

  3. Sheila T Slik says:

    If you can offer proof (not conjecture) that these horses are unhappy or mistreated where they are, then I might be on your side. But statements like “They MIGHT get spooked” or “I think they need an outdoor life.” are pure conjecture and do not justify the stealing of private property of a citizen because of conjecture of a biased other individual is JUST NOT RIGHT.

  4. You know the horses are stabled in Midtown and Chelsea and that NYClass, who are leading the campaign to ‘rescue’ them, is headed by a property developer with interests in the area? You know he made massive donations to de Blasio’s election campaign, right?

    The whole thing stinks.

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