A horse is led down the ramp at the West Side Stables in New York City. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

De Blasio set to introduce bill banning horse drawn carriages

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly close to introducing a bill banning horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

Under the measure, licenses needed to operate the carriages would not be renewed, according to published reports. Those licenses are set to expire in 2016.

The ban would put 300 carriage drivers out of work, but the mayor would offer those drivers free green taxi medallions, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported.

Under the proposed bill, horse carriages would be allowed for parades and movie productions, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

Animal-welfare activists and others have long pressed to get rid of the carriage horses. They say Manhattan traffic is no place for a horse.

    “Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollution. There have been too many crashes and too many horse deaths and injuries to justify the continuation of this industry,” Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), said in a statement. “The legislation, being introduced at the next Stated Meeting of the New York City Council, will provide a valuable alternative for the drivers while at the same time ensuring the humane treatment of the horses.”

    “Carriage horses were never meant to work in today’s urban terrain,” added Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS, an animal rights group that has been pushing to shutter the industry.

Backers of the industry say the animals are well cared for.

15 thoughts on “De Blasio set to introduce bill banning horse drawn carriages”

  1. Give Protection , give Life to the horses, do not remove Our Beauties from sight……………… every thing that lives needs purpose …………………..to feel they are alive………………………………..

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  2. I am for carriage rides with strict rules and regulations and most and first and formost humane treatment for the horses, not only will the drivers lose their jobs , but so WILL the Horses !!!!!!! Where will they go people??????????????? and what will they do????????? everyone needs a job for more then just the money !!!!!!!!! Taking these jobs away is not humane either !!!!!!! FIX IT < then you have done something !!!!!!!! Out of sight is out of mind !!!!!!!!!! Not the answer here at all !!!!!!!!! Dont take this wrong , i ove and respect every horse no matter what I will fight to help them but i wouldnt take thier JOBS away !!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Horses are not people. They don’t need a job to feel useful. They need other horses to socialize with and humans to care for them. Maybe a horse sanctuary, or working with people with problems…not clomping through the city streets with all that noise and filth. It might have been romantic and cool in the 1800s but now it’s just a nostalgic relic of times past. It’s unfair to them. If the drivers really love their job they could organize something different and unique. Jobs can morph into other jobs. Nobody wants to be stuck in the same job forever.

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        1. Believe it or not, there are horse sanctuaries for draft horses, which is what those guys are. How about you and I dream up a place for them?

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      1. Dear Heather Thank You !!!! Oh he did did he, what jobs were offered???? and for whom??????

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    2. I personally agree. I would like to see reform versus the whole industry being shut down due to a handful of people who don’t care about the welfare of the horses that are voluntarily earning them their salary. However, it also depends on the circumstances. If even after all precautions and extra safety measures are taken the industry still continues to take an overwhelming toll on the horses well-being, then it’s time to retire the industry. There seems to be a problem with the horses working within such a busy city. Staten Island isn’t too far off from NYC and is a tourist area with some parks, which might be quieter and easier. I wonder if the business could consider relocating to there.

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        1. You can do your own inquiry as to the nature of slavery. Boredom, repetition, isolation are what comes to mind when I think of it. I’m trying to envision a healthy and happy life, not to justify a mediocre one.

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  3. Fantastic, New York! I was in Mexico and a friend “treated” me to a horse drawn carriage as part of our tour. I never felt so miserable and angry at myself! I spent time with the horse afterwards, petted him and apologized for the stupid humans. The New York carriages ban is long overdue. Been there— and always felt so horrible upon seeing them.

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