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SPEAK OUT FOR CHICAGO CARRIAGE HORSES
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When we started this in January 2006, we had no idea how big it would get. It's always difficult for a volunteer group on a shoe string budget to make a difference because of the lack of resources. But our "will" is priceless and free and we have tons of that. We are always "on the job."
One thing about us is that we are not going away and I believe we have already made a huge difference. From time to time we get e-mails through our web site telling us we are wackos and worse. I never answer them. But by far the majority of e-mails we receive are positive. So thanks to all of you who have contacted us with your stories. People all over the country and world have reached out to us because of our campaign. They are hoping that we are successful in New York City. If so, it will give their legislators pause to consider their own city's carriage trade. This is from an informed source in Chicago.
Chicago has a huge horse and carriage industry. In fact, it may be second next to New York City. Currently there are 50 licenses and 6 different carriage companies. The majority of the carriages are run by Noble Horse who monopolizes and blocks traffic near The Historic Water Tower just off of Michigan Avenue.
The City of Chicago does little to regulate the horse drawn carriages or the care of the horses. Chicago does have a long list of ordinances that have been put in place to help protect the horses but the enforcement is selective at best.
Unfortunately, some drivers and companies feel that they can do whatever they want whenever they want regardless of the rules in place. It is not uncommon to see lame, dirty, thin horses in Chicago. Many horses here rarely see pastures and have unsympathetic drivers. On any given day, no matter what the weather, you will find horses pulling down Michigan Avenue amongst CTA buses and unruly taxis.
When questioned why the horses are allowed to pull in extreme weather conditions, the best authorities can say is, "What do you want us to do about it?" It is time that the residents of Chicago stand up and start questioning the care and regulation of the horse drawn carriages of Chicago. The two agencies that are supposed to regulate the carriage industry here are Animal Care and Control and The Department of Consumer Services.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Snail mail letters - please write to: Mayor Richard M. Daley, Office of the Mayor, City Hall - 121 N. LaSalle, Room 507; Chicago, IL 60602. OR you may send an electronic message by clicking on this link: . Tell the Mayor that it is time the City of Chicago consider banning their horse-drawn carriage trade.
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