“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 Recently, the group declared victory against one of the largest, most outdated forms of tourism and animal cruelty in the Big Apple.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
Capital New York, Dana Rubenstein
[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]”Horses were never meant to live and work in today’s urban setting.” — ASPCA[/quote]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.
“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.”
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?”
“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.
More Capital New York: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/industry-coming-end-anti-carriage-horse-group-declares-victory