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Bill to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York is introduced

AS REPORTED BY COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

by Elizabeth Forel

On Monday December 8, 2014, New York Council Member Daniel Dromm introduced a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages. The bill was assigned to the Transportation Committee. See language of the bill here.

BILL HIGHLIGHTS

• The industry will be shut down by May 31, 2016 when the current licenses expire. They will not be renewed.
• Owners are prohibited from sending their horses to slaughter and are required to submit documentation to this effect.
• The maximum fine for violating any of the provisions of this law has been increased to $25,000.
• The drivers will be offered extensive job training for other industries
• The drivers will also be offered free a medallion for green or “hail” taxis, worth about $6,000.
• The administration is required to do an Environmental Impact Study on the effect of shutting down this business.
• During that time, no legislative hearings or vote may be taken on this bill. We have been told it can take up to six months to complete.

This is a portion of the speech from the introduction of the bill:

    “We the human beings of New York are the guardians of our animal companions, both wild and domesticated. Whenever cruelty and endangerment is so clearly documented and brought to our attention, we must act. This bill is simply that–government stepping in to correct a grave injustice. Views in society evolved on issues from civil rights to environmental protection, and animal issues are no different.

    The longevity of our horse carriages is no defense to the overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty and endangerment that has been, and will continue to be, presented to us. It is not appropriate for any living creature, outside of a motor vehicle, to be in the middle of New York City traffic. It was never OK, but what has changed is the increasing compassion and caring we have for animals. For us to pretend horse-drawn carriages are OK ‘because it looks pretty’ or to certain tourists it is part of a tradition is unacceptable. We need to protect good jobs that do not rely on such odious practices. This bill generously extends to these drivers options to help them transition to jobs that do not abuse animals.”

TAKE ACTION

— New York City Residents

Please take the time to call your Council Member and ask them to support Intro 573 — the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.

Find your New York Council Member here.
• Please do not email. It is not effective. Instead CALL their District Office.

WHAT TO SAY

Introduce yourself and say you are a constituent. Tell them that you would like the Council Member to sign on to Intro 573, the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages. You will probably speak with the person who answers the phone so they will not ask you more. HOWEVER, if they say that the Council Member is undecided – ASK THEM WHY and the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages at coalition@banhdc.org. THIS IS CRUCIAL.

At the time of this writing, the following Council Members have taken a position on this bill:

SUPPORT: These council members have signed on to support the bill: Daniel Dromm , Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Margaret S. Chin, Mark Levine, Helen K. Rosenthal. Important! Please call their offices and thank them for their support.

OPPOSED: These Council Members have come out in opposition to the bill. Vincent Ignizo, Steven Matteo, Vincent Gentile, Elizabeth Crowley, Mark Treyger, Mark Weprin, Andy King, Robert Cornegy, Costa Constantinides, Corey Johnson, Daneek Miller, Jumaane Williams.

— OUTSIDE NYC?

If you live outside NYC, you may call Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito at 212-828-9800, and express your support of Intro 573 and a ban on horse drawn carriages.

6 thoughts on “Bill to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York is introduced”

  1. What exactly do they expect them to do with the horses. .there is no place in new York. Don’t see how it is abuse as long as they are treated well. Horses like people need a job. They less they are used the leas that will be around. Many breeds of work horses have become rare cause there is no use for them..

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  2. What these teamsters and carriage owners have endured from
    Liable slander defamation assaults on tourist trying to get a carriage ride is nothing more then thug gang style PETA bull and I hope these carriage people sue the mayor the realestate guy PETA and the SPCA for there outlandish assult and what they have put theses people and there families threw this is so so so so so wrong and so unAmerican not one of these protesters know a horses apetite from
    It’s ******

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  3. Since when is a realestate guy who fund the mayor campaign donated to 2 councilmens campaign funded NYCLASS and some how has SPCA spending 700,000k on a all out assult on carriage horse to bann them
    When only 3 horse have died in31 years one of those shot by a police officer who thought the horse leg was broke and it wasn’t and on the premise carriage horse in NYC central
    Park r abused yet that same real estate guy own eventing horses ? This has to do with realestate nothing ing to do with horses … And if the SPCA can find 700,000k to go on a campaign to ban carriage horses with our doing one damn thing at auctions all across the country like new holland where u damn sure will see abused starved horse then they sure as shit no longer need my donations .. Adios SPCA
    These horse r not abused

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  4. There is nothing right about this whole thing, it can be fixed to make everyone happy, this is a complete cop out, the stupid way out ……………..

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