Target: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of NYC’s City Council
Goal: Write legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages from New York City.
A horse recently collapsed while pulling a carriage through Central Park. Chris Emanus, the horse’s owner, claims that the horse had simply gotten a hoof stuck in a crack in the pavement, causing him to stumble and fall. According to Emanus, the horse was checked out by a vet shortly after the incident and was given a clean bill of health, but that hasn’t stopped anti-carriage activists from demanding an independent investigation.
While this horse was lucky enough to get through this ordeal without any apparent injuries, many other carriage horses in New York have not been so lucky. Over the past few years, dozens of incidents — some fatal — have highlighted just how dangerous it is for horses to work in a city as busy and congested as NYC. Bill de Blasio, the city’s mayor, had previously tried to pass a bill that would ban horse-drawn carriages on the streets of Manhattan. Though the bill failed, City Council has announced that it’s now working on new legislation. Tell the City Council to support a ban on all horse-drawn carriages in New York City by signing below.
Dear Councilwoman Mark-Viverito,
New York City is no place for a horse. The recent collapse of a carriage horse in Central Park last week is just the latest carriage-related incident to happen in the last few years. There have been reports of horses being forced to work in 90 degree heat, collapsing from exhaustion, and being denied basic care.
All of these instances speak to the need for a citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages. I ask that City Council consider implementing such a ban in pending legislation regarding this issue.
[Your Name Here]
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