Target: New York City Council
Goal: Protect horses from abuse by prohibiting carriage rides in New York City streets.
Recently, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s humane proposal to get horse carriages off city streets and confined to Central Park was shot down by the New York City Council. The horse carriage industry in New York City is one based in cruelty, offering nothing to these overworked horses but constant danger and ill health. Horse carriages are a novelty that, in this modern day, do not belong in urban New York City where horses are constantly surrounded by cars and trucks. Actions must be taken to get these horses off of city streets and kept in the confines of Central Park where they are safer, away from the abundance of vehicles and exhaust fumes.
Between 2009 and 2014, horses pulling carriages have been involved in 25 accidents on city streets, according to Melissa Cronin on The Dodo. At least twelve of these accidents were hit-and-run vehicular accidents. The NYPD records of these accidents have been made public and every action to prevent further accidents since then has been shot down by the New York City Council. One record describes a case of a carriage’s collision with a taxi resulting in two horses getting loose. These horses then ran into two other taxis which resulted in their legs being broken. Nearly every record details a different way horse carriages can be a danger to horses, as well as their surrounding environment, when facing the dangers of vehicles.
Confining the horse carriages to Central Park would strongly limit the potential for disaster. There they would be out of range of vehicles that have resulted in fatal accidents. They would be away from direct contact with exhaust fumes. They would be away from the startling horns feet away from their sensitive ears. Speak up for the welfare of horses by telling New York’s City Council to take action on this important issue.
Dear New York City Council,
Earlier this year, a bill sponsored by Mayor Bill De Blasio, aiming to confine horse carriage rides to Central Park, was shot down. Horse carriage rides in city streets are an obvious and well documented animal welfare violation and it’s time to finally take action. The NYPD has public records displaying the many different ways horse carriage rides have caused chaos in the streets of midtown Manhattan. Between the years of 2009 and 2014 there were 25 accidents that caused severe damage to horses, passengers, and vehicles. If horses are kept in the confines of Central Park, this can be avoided. Horse carriages do not belong on city streets with cars, trucks, and bicyclists. They do not belong in a hectic, noisy, atmosphere, breathing in constant car exhaust.
Among those vocal for this cause have been Mayor Bill De Blasio, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, executive director of NYCLASS Allie Feldman, and countless animal welfare groups such as PETA, Friends of Animals, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the passionately named Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. These horses should not be suffering from potential injury, overworking, and poor health for a frivolous pre-modern industry. Please do what is right and finally get horse carriages off of city streets and kept in the confines of Central Park.
[Your Name Here]
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