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an update on the horse-drawn carriage situation….



I wanted to give you all an update on what has been going on with the Horse-Drawn Carriage industry since my last blog about it. Take a look at that blog to read about all of the problems that there are with this industry, and why we need to do what we can to help the horses.

Intro35A, which is the carriage industry bill, was pushed through the NYC Council on April 14th. It is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg very soon. This bill provides a rate increase for drivers of horse drawn carriages, and is NOT good for the horses. To read more about this bill, and understand why it’s not good for the horses, click HERE.


If we all let the Mayor know how we feel about horse-drawn carriages, and how inhumane they are, we might be able to make a difference. Click HERE to send Mayor Bloomberg an email asking him to veto this bill (Intro 35A) because horse drawn carriages are cruel, inhumane, and are not safe for a city as crowded as NYC. Here is a sample letter that the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages posted on their site.

On the positive side, there are a couple of bills in the works that would be really important in ending horse-drawn carriages. Intro 86 is a bill to phase out the carriage industry by 2012, and replace it with hybrid classic cars, and Intro 92 is a bill to ban the carriage horse industry altogether. Intro 92 is an especially important bill because it requires that after the horse drawn carriage industry is ended, the horses would go to individuals or sanctuaries who will not resell them, and where they will not be used as carriage horses or work horses. You can contact your Council Member to support these two bills.


And here are some ways that you can keep helping the horses:

-You can donate to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, which is the group that is seeking legislation to ban this industry from NYC.

-You can also sign their petition (if you haven’t already)

-If you live in NYC, you can volunteer for the CBHDC. They meet every weekend (weather permitting) in midtown near Central Park. If you’re interested, email them at [email protected]

-There are also a bunch of other organizations that are working to end the horse-drawn carriage industry. Take a look at this list, and see if there is an organization near you that you can get involved in.

Sign PETA’s petition to ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.

Let me know what your thoughts are on horse-drawn carriages, and what you are doing to help stop this inhumane industry.