Success: Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban Introduced in New York

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Target: New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio

Goal: Applaud taking action to eliminate horse-drawn carriages from New York City’s streets

Horse-drawn carriages have been a staple of the New York City tourism industry for a century. New York City’s Irish community makes up the majority of the horse-drawn carriage industry, and it has been intent on keeping its livelihood prosperous. However, animal rights activists cater to the opposing agenda, urging the New York City council to put an end to the city’s horse-drawn carriage industry. Their animal welfare concerns have been heard: Mayor Bill de Blasio will soon introduce legislation to end the horse-drawn carriage industry.

The horses of New York City that are forced to work long, grueling hours, and only given rest in small increments of time deserve fulfilling lives. They are not let out to pasture when their work in the city is complete each day. When the horses are on duty they are forced to dodge vehicles, endure excessive air pollution, and risk their lives for tourist entertainment. Every minute that a horse is on the streets of New York City it is at risk of being hit by a car. Mayor de Blasio is genuinely concerned about the welfare of these animals. Of course, he has received significant backlash from some members of the community, as well as those who share ownership or are employed by the horse-drawn carriage industry. De Blasio has promised to assist these individuals in finding new jobs if the ban is honored.

When Mayor Bill de Blasio was vying for his current position he was heavily supported by animal rights activists. With their influence, along with a push from activists at ForceChange and all over the country, Mayor de Blasio has unveiled a bill that, if approved by city council, will end the cruel horse-drawn carriage industry of New York City. De Blasio has publicly said, before and after election, that the horses’ welfare is his main concern. Commend Mayor de Blasio for honoring his animal welfare stance by introducing this ban on horse-drawn carriages.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

Before you were elected as Mayor of New York City, you took a controversial, yet necessary stance against the horse-drawn carriage industry. You have officially kept your pre- and post-election promises by introducing legislation set to end the cruel industry. I am writing to thank you for your compassion towards the carriage horses of New York City.

It is my hope that the city council favors your legislation and passes it with no hesitation. Please use the signatures that this supportive petition generates to encourage the council to show the horses compassion. You and I know that the horse-drawn carriage industry is archaic and insufficient for the needs of the working horses; it is time for the rest of the city to share this sentiment.

Thank you for fighting for the horses of New York City. Countless mayors before you did not rise to this challenge. You are a valuable asset to New York City.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Heather Brophy says:


  2. Stop this Cruelty against the horses 🙁

  3. Joan Kolessar says:

    I don’t agree with stopping carriage rides. These now healthy animals will find themselves waiting at the auction houses and more then likely will be purchased for slaughter. Nine out of ten times these horses were treated very well. It’s not the carriage drives’s fault if there’s an accident between carriage horse and car or truck. Anyone who’s over driven in a big city knows how drivers drive. You stop horses from.working thinking you’ve done a good thing, but the reality is now they go to slaughter.

    • The horses in the city don’t get to run in open pasture. Ever. Not to mention many are likely unnecessarily shod, and have bad feet. Horses shouldn’t have to be forced to manuever through traffic, it is something that is incredibly scary and dangerous to them. I’ve seen many carriage horses and while they aren’t starved, they don’t really look healthy. Horse drawn carriages are fine, just not in the city where horses don’t get any down time in open pastures, and no proper grass to munch on.

  4. Maybe San Antonio can be next. Down here in the heat, these horses have an even more miserable life. Of course it might help if somebody could convince the tourists that forcing some horse to pull them around isn’t exactly cool?

  5. DeBlasio is supporting this due to money given from those that want the property that the stables are located on. Don’t be suckered in. Steve Nislick of NYCLASS and Edison Properties could make a lot of profit from the man he supported.

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