When the news hit that a New York City carriage horse collapsed and died in the street while heading to Central Park, Lea Michele and PETA responded. Now, the Glee star is asking Mayor Bloomberg to take action.
According to Look to the Stars, Michele wrote a letter to the mayor explaining the dangers of the carriage horse industry, both to horses and humans. She writes, “As a New York City native, I was saddened to learn from my friends at PETA that one of the horses used by the city’s carriage industry collapsed and died in Midtown on Sunday morning…It was a tragic end for a beleaguered horse, and such incidents also put vehicles and passersby in danger. With the number of horse-drawn carriage accidents and related deaths rising, it’s painfully clear that these animals do not belong on busy city streets.”
The vegan singer/actress and PETA’s spokesperson for their horse-drawn carriage campaign, went on to ask Bloomberg to support the city council bill that would end the use of horse carriages and replace them with eco-friendly cars. “I urge you to support Intro. 86A, which would replace horse-drawn carriages with safe, vintage-replica electric cars. The eco-friendly “horseless carriages” would attract tourists with old New York glamour, protect carriage drivers’ jobs by offering them first rights to the car medallions, and allow for the approximately 220 horses currently working in the carriage industry to be retired to sanctuaries. Please join other city council members in supporting Intro. 86A.”
The cars have been proposed by NYClass, an organization working to end the carriage horse industry in New York. Their site explains, “This fully electric alternative is capable of carrying up to 7 passengers. With the versatility to travel at low speeds in Central Park and keep up with traffic on city streets, the vehicles are a safe and exhaust-free alternative to horse-drawn carriages. The eco-friendly replicas of touring cars from the early 1900’s will substantially increase revenue for the City, encourage tourism and be completely cruelty-free. These 21st Century Horseless Carriages will put a spotlight on New York City as the leader in urban ecotourism, creating a unique and memorable experience for visitors from all corners of the world.”