Target: New York City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn
Goal: Put an end to the use of horse drawn carriages in New York City
With mayoral elections right around the corner in New York City, the issue of horse drawn carriages has become a sticking point. Animal rights activists sparked the debate after pitching in for a one million dollar ad attacking candidate Christine Quinn, who favors keeping the rides. Thanks to these animal rights supporters, it seems that the welfare of these horses could be an important topic in this year’s elections.
This isn’t the first time the topic has made headlines in recent years or elections. The tradition has received a great deal of criticism because the horses aren’t kept in proper stables and they are also put in danger every day when motorists on busy streets could easily strike the carriage. Simply put, these carriages are no longer necessary and put horses in danger every day for human amusement.
Quinn’s opponent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, has also spoken up about the issue, throwing his support toward outlawing the carriages. He has stated that he would do so on his first day in office. Quinn is an avid animal rights activist and friend of the Humane Society. Mary Max, director of the HSUS made a statement about de Blasio saying, “He just gets animal cruelty. This isn’t somebody we have to convince.”
While it is wonderful that New York City has a candidate in favor of banning horse drawn carriages, it would a significant step for animal rights if both of the main mayoral candidates sought to outlaw these practices. We must let City Council Speaker Quinn know that this is an important issue for the New York and should be for her as well. Please sign the petition below to show your support for the ban of all horse drawn carriages in New York City.
Dear City Coucil Speaker Quinn,
Horse drawn carriages have recently become a divisive issue in this year’s race for mayor of New York City. In response to an attack ad funded by animal rights activists you opposed the outlaw of these rides, while your opponent Bill de Blasio continues to support a ban on carriages as well as many other animal rights issues.
I strongly encourage you to change your position on this issue. These horses are not cared for properly, are not kept in appropriate stables, and their lives are put in danger ever day on busy New York streets filled with motorists. It is immoral to treat these animals in such a way simply for human amusement. What New York needs is an election in which all of its candidates can live up to the animal welfare standards the city has worked so hard for. Again, please reconsider your position and put an end to this barbaric practice.
[Your Name Here]
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