Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Clean and Safe 21st Century Alternatives

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Originally Posted: 2 July 2009

Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Clean and Safe 21st Century Alternatives

From New Yorkers for Clean, Liveable & Safe Streets, sent from Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

Tell New York City Mayor and Congresspeople to create a safer alternative to the carriage-horse industry that will enhance the natural beauty, create a cleaner environment and foster a greater quality of life for all its residents.


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Text on online petition:

I am writing you today to urge you to support legislation to phase-out the carriage horse industry in New York City and replace it with a clean and safe 21st century alternative.

The current use of carriage horses in and around Central Park is expensive, unsafe for both local residents and visitors and inhumane in its treatment of horses. In the past few years, spooked horses have run into traffic on numerous occasions, hospitalizing passengers, carriage drivers and other motorists. To make matters worse, the carriage industry lacks sufficient insurance coverage. Requiring such coverage would provide the proper protection in the aftermath of severe or fatal accidents.

The horses themselves have died due to neglect and dangerous traffic situations and diseased horses and droppings can lead to health concerns for humans and fill our neighborhoods with an unpleasant odor. Yet, the City spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in subsidies to maintain the carriage horse industry and to clean and repair roads affected by the carriages.

A proposed clean and safe alternative will phase out these dangerous and unsanitary carriages and institute the use of environmentally-friendly replica classic cars as an alternative. These eco-friendly replicas will not depend on subsidies, but will provide much needed revenue for the City in this time of economic crisis. In addition, they will not pose safety risks for drivers, visitors and residents, and the streets will be free of the stench and debris left by horses.

I earnestly urge you to take a stand in support of clean, livable and safe streets for all New Yorkers.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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