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Staten Island Advance - 12/27/07 - IF HORSES ARE WELL CARED FOR, WHY DOES OWNER USE BRIBES? Hopefully, the arrest on Dec. 13 of Cornelius P. Byrne, on charges of paying a bribe to an undercover investigator to overlook seven violations at Central Park Carriages Stable, will begin to reveal the truth about just how the Carriage Horses live and are treated by their owners. Mr. Byrne, who also owned Smoothie, the horse that died in September after being spooked and running into a tree, once complained to the press: "We get a bad rap. I would say we're well overseen by different city agencies as to our care of these horses. They have an awful lot of care." -- JACQUELINE HOFFNER, GRASMERE

NY Daily News - 12/30/07 - Horse sense
Manhattan: Is there any City Council member still supporting the owner of the Central Park Carriage Stables and the shady industry he represents? If our elected officials are standing up for people who violate our laws and try to bribe their way out of it, the public needs to know why.-- Zelda Penzel

AM-NY - 1/3/08 - Carriage horses need relief - Those who think that by fixing the problems of poor stable and watering station conditions, etc. for the NYC carriage horses, the industry will then be humane, couldnąt be more wrong and are kidding themselves. The most important issues that canąt be fixed are that the horses are forced to work in heavy traffic, breathing in toxic fumes, surrounded by loud, frightening noises, which have been the reasons for almost all of the accidents and deaths to the horses on the streets. They will continue to be forced to work long days, nine hours a day by law, during which time they canąt even scratch an itch or get relief from working between the shafts of their carriages. These are the crucial reasons why the horses shouldnąt be indentured. Itąs time for the public and the politicians to accept the truth, end the carriage horse trade, and save these beautiful animals from such a cruel and inhumane plight. They should also acknowledge and defer to the decision of the major animal groups that support a full ban. --Elaine Sloan, Manhattan

NY Daily News - 1/4/08 - Just say whoa Bronx: New Yorkers twice voted for term limits to make politicians more responsive to the people. Yet the greed of carriage owners and drivers - fewer than 300 people - outweighs the betterment of N.Y.C. Horse-drawn carriages do not belong on city streets in the 21st century. Ban this industry and end the cruelty. Roxanne Delgado

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