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NYC Carriage Horses May Soon Need Some Good Homes

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Have you heard? Both leading New York City Mayoral candidates – Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota – are in favor of a bill that would end New York City’s horse-drawn rides around Central Park.

According to the NY Daily News, momentum to abolish the carriage horse industry is building very quickly – so much so that activists who have been advocating for the ban may suddenly have some 200 horses to relocate around the country.

“We do not have enough rescue space in this country for the horses we have now,” Karen Waite, an equine extension specialist at Michigan State University, told the Daily News. “To add another 200 to an already overburdened situation is not a good thing. It’s distressing, actually.”

While groups like NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets) and The Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages aren’t worried about relocating the “Central Park horse” (owing to their celebrity status in the media), some say the removal of the horses from New York City will doom others waiting for a shot at a sanctuary.

“The whole idea of them living happily ever after in green pastures takes a huge amount of money, time and land — and yes, you’re going to displace 200 other horses that could have gone to those homes,” said Beverly Strauss, of Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, a sanctuary in Maryland.

Nevertheless, advocates of the ban are not buying the notion that the horse carriage industry should remain in New York City to save lives elsewhere.

“The truth is that NYC carriage horses are literally working for their lives,” wrote Susan Wagner of Equine Advocates in the comments. “They have to bring in a certain amount of money or they disappear. Keeping this vicious cycle going is just feeding the horse slaughter business. Stopping the carriage horse trade would at least end any more NYC carriage horses from ending up at slaughter. We could go on and on as to why this miserable business is cruel to horses and unsafe for the people of this city.”

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  • sammysway

    Perhaps if the ASPCA and NYCLASS would finally outline their plan to the public – which sanctuaries and what private people have agreed to take the horses – and how they plan to get the carriage owners to surrender them – then maybe the public and lawmakers would be more in favor of the ban. Right now, the carriage horse industry is on a big push to save their industry and the advocates need to counter their argument with some solid facts and numbers.

  • Jen X Willder

    The NY Daily News article was a politically motivated lie from start to finish. Please, everyone, do your homework and wake up. The DN endorsed Quinn and had the world on a string under the misguided Quinnberg administration. The reality is that the carriage horses are tools now, with no protections. Nothing in current city law (administrative code) prevents them from ending up at auctions frequented by kill-buyers. Multiyear Freedom of Information data that have been analyzed have shown that 529 horses have disappeared from the city-maintained list of carriage horses since 2005. Some ended up at New Holland livestock auction, one of the most notorious on the east coast. Most were from the same “owner,” at West Side Livery at 538 W. 38th Street in Manhattan. It’s kind of stupid to get whipped into a frenzy over this ignorant article that has its own agenda. This cycle of cruelty must end. Horses have no business being on NYC streets. How many dangerous and gruesome accidents do we have to see?

    Please try to learn about the issue and don’t be a victim of political propaganda. Visit Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages to access the FOIL’d data analaysis, 311 violations that the city has overlooked during the Quinnberg administration, and other information that you need to know. Carriage Horse Cruelty page on Facebook also is involved in telling the truth about the carriage horses, and the truth is not something you would find in the DN article. https://www.facebook.com/events/762044023821952/?ref=22

    Forbes magazine also sets the record straight: http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2013/10/31/nycs-mayor-bloomberg-doesnt-know-manure-about-carriage-horses/

    It’s time to use your critical thinking skills.

  • Debbie Calvello

    carriage horse drivers are miserable, nasty, greedy, heartless, & lazy bastards and most people don’t want these horses in the nosiy, congested, dirty streets of NYC. it is cruel & unnecessary…get a real job and stop using animals for money…

  • HarryHorse

    NYCLASS, ASPCA, HSUS and numerous organizations have already pledged to make sure there is funding and homes for the horses. Unforunately, the Daily News and carriage drivers have resorted to desperate fear mongering, and refused to interview the very people who are planning to adopt the horses. Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/new-york-daily-news-horse-carriages_b_4181870.html

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