Hold Your Horses! NYC Says No More Horse Carriages!

“How many more accidents have to take place before NYC takes the lead from other major cities around the world, such as London, Beijing and Toronto, that have taken  these horses off the streets and out of harm’s way?” — Donny Moss, “BLINDERS” Producer & Director

(HORSES/ANIMAL RIGHTS) NYCLASS, a non-profit animal welfare and advocacy organization in New York City, has been devoted to abolishing the horse carriage industry in New York City for some time. Recently, the group declared victory against one of the largest, most outdated forms of tourism and animal cruelty in the Big Apple.
The organization ran a series of ads against Christine Quinn, former candidate in the mayoral primary election, who was openly supportive of keeping this inhumane industry alive. With Quinn out of the running, it’s safe to say this antiquated industry soon will finally come to an end. Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota, both mayoral candidates, have pledged to put an end to the city’s horse carriages if elected this November. Read on for more on this huge victory for horses in New York and how humane voters changed the outcome of the election. — Global Animal
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NYCLASS, an animal rights group devoted to abolishing the horse carriage industry in New York City has declared victory. Photo Credit: Flickr

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Horses were never meant to live and work in today’s urban setting.” — ASPCA

NYCLASS, a group that donated generously to Bill de Blasio’s campaign and ran a series of influential ads against Council Speaker Christine Quinn, sent out an email to supporters this afternoon declaring that “no matter who wins the general election in November, this industry is coming to an end, and the horses will be retired to loving homes.”

De Blasio, the Democratic nominee, has promised to abolish the Central Park horse carriage trade during his first week in office. Joseph Lhota, the Republican nominee, also supports banishing the carriages. Both would like to see the carriages replaced with some sort of motorized vehicle.

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A carriage horse lies in the street after collapsing near 60th St. & Broadway. Photo Credit: NY Daily News

“And frankly, had Christine Quinn won the mayoral primary election, it would have been business as usual for this callous industry,” wrote NYCLASS executive director Allie Feldman in the email to supporters.

“But because you gave us the resources to defeat her, we know that no matter who wins the general election in November, this industry is coming to an end, and the horses will be retired to loving homes. Both mayoral candidates, Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota, have pledged to stop the carriage horse industry. Humane voters have changed the entire dynamic in this city.”

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A horse from the Manhattan Carriage Company was pinned under a carriage after it collapsed on the animal near Columbus Circle. Photo Credit: DNAinfo/Garth Burton

Yesterday, as the email also notes, a horse named Chris got spooked and a carriage flipped over on Eighth Avenue. According to a Daily News account of the incident, neither passenger nor horse were visibly hurt. Feldman writes that she’s still awaiting the official report.

She called the incident, “another chilling reminder of why it’s time to end this inhumane industry.”

Then she urged recipients to “make a contribution of $5 or more so NYCLASS can continue to fight the abuse of carriage horses and hold the politicians we elect accountable next year.”

Earlier this month, a Kentucky-born horse carriage driver called during a “Brian Lehrer Show” interview with de Blasio and asked him how he justifies, “saying that within your first week as mayor, perhaps your very first act as mayor, you are going to get rid of small businesses, working carriage-horse families?”

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A collapsed carriage horse on West 54th Street. Photo Credit: Matthew Miller/Polaris Agency

I think there is a good viable alternative, which is to have replica antique cars with electric motors that are clean and will provide tourists with a good experience and will provide the same people who now have horse carriages with an employment opportunity,” he responded.

“So I do care deeply about making sure there are jobs for working people. … They’ll just be different and they’ll be more humane.

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101 Responses to Hold Your Horses! NYC Says No More Horse Carriages!

  1. Kim Egan October 12, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    Kathryn Walsh , Chris didn't "collapse." Chris got tangled up because he was scared of the flapping of the diaper that the carriage horses are forced to wear. Due to an equipment failure, one part came loose and he tried to run away.

    You know, I was in the kitchen not too long ago and one of my dogs came up behind me. I didn't hear her. She put her cold nose against my calf and I nearly jumped out of my skin. I hopped forward in a panic and then turned around to see what had "assaulted" me–probably pretty close what Chris did. He was fine after his encounter, by the way. The veterinarian came out, checked him, the Daily News reporter gave him an apple. The whole Chris thing is a non-event being blown out of proportion by people with an agenda. (By the way . . . clean up your language. Any argument loses its power with profanity and obscenities mixed in.)

  2. Kathryn Walsh October 12, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Then how come the driver of this one was charged for working a horse for 12 hours or more before this happened. He didn't follow the laws did he.

  3. Pamela Abbruscato October 12, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    If there was anything wrong they would of shut them down years ago!!!!! I love the fact they get 5 weeks vacations!! I've been working 33 years in the same place and only get 3 weeks!! Lol How many horses are there???

  4. Kathryn Walsh October 12, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    Kim. This horses name is Chris if you really want names. Open your eyes to what really goes on around you.

  5. Kathryn Walsh October 12, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Oh yeh and the horse in the picture above looks so fucken happy. I'm sure it wants a carriage sitting on top it. Oh and I'm so sure every money hungry bastard that owns the horses follows the rules that are ment to be in place.

  6. Kim Egan October 12, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Kim Rice , the regulation means quite a good deal in this case since one of the organizations doing the regulation would like nothing better than to shut the industry down. However, in all this time, the ASPCA has not found a single violation that would lead to that shut down.

    Also, who has any right to remove someone's private property just because they don't like the legal way it's used? And please, tell me, with horse rescues and sanctuaries filled to the brim and the price of hay so high, who is going to support the 200+ 1600 pound pasture ornaments you propose that they become? The horses that have no jobs are the ones at risk. Those that have jobs typically have good accommodations, plenty of food, and maintain good health through regular care and exercise.

  7. Kim Rice October 12, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    Kim Egan -there are plenty of your so called "well-regulated industries" which basically means nothing! The factory farms are "well-regulated industries" but yet animal abuse, heinous abuse at that, is rampant in these factories. So please ,spare us your ridiculous comments. Look at this as progress, a step toward protecting defenseless animals that are exploited by sickos for personal greed. These horses should be taken away from these owners and placed in horse sanctuary's! They deserve to live out their lives in green pastures with the other horses that have been given a second chance too!

  8. Kim Egan October 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    You make the accusations, you need to provide the proof. How many of those horses died or "collapsed" due to abuse or neglect? Name even one. As to the heat, the horses are made to stop working when the temperature exceeds 89 degrees–they return to the barn. They are limited to 9 hour shifts with several rest breaks during those shifts. AND the air quality in NYC is currently the best it's been in decades. Tell me, which of those things are "pathetic?" Oh, I can think of one thing that's pathetic: the people on the sidewalk stressing the horses by screaming obscenities, chanting propaganda, and waving signs around. Now *that's* abuse.

  9. Kim Egan October 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    There are five organizations that regulate the carriage industry in NYC. One of the organizations, the ASPCA, would like nothing better than to shut the carriage industry down. They cannot do it because they have not been able to cite them for violations, let alone violations that would warrant closure. Animals die. People die. Sometimes they die when and where we don't want them to do so. It's unfortunate, but it's true. So tell me, what horses have died recently in the NYC carriage industry?

  10. Norma Barkhouse Scott October 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    It's about time. Too many horses have collapsed and died of exhaustion. they are overworked and mistreated just for ppl to ride around the streets, Good God, when will these ppl see the light, we are in the 21 st century, not back in the dark ages..shame on the lot of you that wants to do this to abuse these beautiful beings !!! maybe you just might like to pull ppl around all day, in the heat till you drop, horses have feelings just like we do !!!!!!!!!!!


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