I understand the horse drawn carriage drivers of Manhattan are trying to save their jobs and horses. That is to be expected.
However, I feel they are making a serious public relations error in hiring anti-animal rights group The Cavalry Group.
As you will see below The Cavalry Group work against meaningful regulation and legislation to protect animals.
This self-proclaimed anti-animal rights group appears to operate from the platform that laws protecting animals from abuse, torture and death interfere with human rights to do whatever they want to animals.
They are of course lumping anyone who cares about the welfare of animals into the same category. This is misleading. People working for the protection of animals come from a wide variety of backgrounds and philosophies. They are not all animal rights activists or vegans.
ERIN DURKIN, reporting for the New York Daily News, writes:
The outfit has opposed several “animal rights” measures around the U.S., including a ballot question in Missouri to crack down on so-called “puppy mills” and a referendum in North Dakota that would make it a felony to maliciously and intentionally harm dogs, cats or horses.
On its website, The Cavalry Group declares that animal rights “extremists” are working to advance a “vegan agenda.”
“Animal ownership is under attack by animal rights groups all around the country,” said Mindy Patterson, president of The Cavalry Group. “We do not purport any particular political point of view. We believe in protecting freedom and private property.”
Opponents of the city’s horse-drawn carriages criticized The Cavalry Group’s involvement.
Several horse carriage drivers turned to the Cavalry Group after a solicitation by the organization.
I realize for the drivers that the determination of newly elected New York City Mayor de Blasio to rid the city of the carriage horse trade falls into the “desperate times call for desperate measures” category, but feel they will live to regret this move, and urge them to reconsider. It is not too late.
Whether you are for or against horse drawn carriages in Central Park, this is a bad move.
Where is Liam Neeson on this?
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