Coalition to Barn Horse
June 10, 2014
There has been yet another carriage horse accident in New York City.
On June 9th, a Belgian draft named Pumpkin was waiting at the hack line at Central Park South when something spooked him and he bolted, charging into the park, dragging his driverless carriage - coming at people. A tourist jumped into the carriage trying to control him. His driver was on the sidewalk and obviously not paying attention - something we often see.
Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, who was in the area, tweeted "Almost got ran over by a horse carriage running wild through the city." What would have happened if he had been trampled and injured or worse? Would it have been a game changer?
NYC continues to dodge the bullet but it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. Campaign Promise Mayor deBlasio promised to ban the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriage trade his first week in office and many people voted for him based on that promise. They also voted for him because of his progressive agenda. He quickly learned that this was a very complicated issue and a ban could not happen in a short time frame.
He has said it will happen by the end of the year. And we believe him. But our patience is running thin. Bill deBlasio is the first mayor who gets it, who has expressed compassion for these horses and a real understanding of the safety issue. He is a true advocate who has had a lot thrown at him by the right wing press - but he continues to be resolute and steadfast on his promise. That's what a true leader does.
However, we want to impress upon the Mayor that he needs to take this more seriously and to ultimately accept the responsibility for these accidents because they are happening on his watch.