COALITION TO
BAN HORSE
DRAWN CARRIAGES

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PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE CARRIAGE HORSE BILL
Save the date! Saturday, December 8th at 12 noon

Please join us at a press conference/rally on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 12 noon to introduce Council Member Tony Avella's legislation to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry in NYC. This is an historic first. It is time we get rid of this inhumane industry in NYC and we need your help to do so. Please come to this event - bring friends, family and colleagues.

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 12 noon
WHERE: Steps of City Hall - New York City
WHO: Council Member Tony Avella; Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages; Friends of Animals; League of Humane Voters; PeTA; Rational-Animal; other legislators; and people who care about the carriage horses.

for more information please contact: Elizabeth Forel at coalition@banhdc.org

The Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages is dedicated to banning horse-drawn carriages in New York City through legislation.  For more information on the carriage horse issue, please visit the web site of the web site of the Coalition for NYC Animals.

The horse drawn carriage industry is an anachronism, belonging to the 19th century, and has no place in the 21st century of the crowded and congested streets of New York City. The Coalition was formed in January, 2006, in response to one of the more hideous traffic accidents involving a carriage horse. There had been many other accidents over the years, but this one represented the deciding factor in turning public opinion against this industry. On January 2, 2006, a horse pulling a hansom cab in Manhattan got spooked and bolted down 9th Avenue, galloping for several blocks before smashing into a station wagon at 50th Street. The horse, whose name was Spotty, was badly injured, wrapped around the car, with his rear legs on top of it and his head on the ground. He was later euthanized. He was just five years old and had been working in the city for only a few months. The driver was critically injured and was taken to the hospital along with two passengers of the station wagon. {Photo by Susan Brandt - Rational Animal]

Horse drawn carriages constitute a danger to people in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot. They impede the flow of traffic, particularly with respect to emergency vehicles. The horses are forced to work in dangerous, unhealthy and unnatural conditions. Other cities such as London, Paris and Toronto have all banned horse drawn carriages. It is time for New York City to move into the 21st century and take seriously its moral and ethical responsibility to these sentient beings while ensuring the safety of its citizens. Surely as a civilized society and America's premier city, we must do no less.

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