Target: Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, New York City Council Transportation Committee
Goal: Ban cruel and outdated horse-drawn carriage industry
Horse-drawn carriage rides in busy New York City streets could soon come to an end, thanks to legislation brought forth by the city’s council. During the 2013 mayoral election, Bill de Blasio promised to end the carriage rides, which place both humans and animals at risk of injury. The final vote will take place in 2015 after an environmental study and reviews of the proposal, and the ban would be in place by 2016 when the majority of current carriage licenses expire.
Carriage horses work long hours daily pulling oversized loads with few breaks to rest, drink, and eat. They endure both extremely hot and cold weather and are subjected to noise and traffic pollution. This puts extreme stress on the animals and has resulted in respiratory diseases, leg injuries, and heat stroke. Horses have dropped dead in New York streets or collided with vehicles and pedestrians on the road, causing damage and injury.
If implemented, the ban would see the traditional horse-drawn carriage replaced by a modern electric alternative. Rather than leave carriage drivers unemployed, they would be given the option of operating the new electric carriages, becoming a taxi driver, or receiving city-funded employment training.
It is cruel to expect intelligent and sentient animals to perform menial labor in hazardous conditions for much of their lives, particularly when current technology provides many alternatives. Sign the petition below to show your support for a ban on horse-drawn carriages, and ask New York lawmakers to support the bill as well.
Dear Councilman Rodriguez,
New York City Council has created a bill that would ban traditional horse-drawn carriages in favor of an electric version. If implemented, carriage operators would have various options for reemployment provided by the city upon the expiration of their current carriage license.
Horses are exposed to many hazards while pulling carriages in busy streets, including pollution, traffic, and extreme weather. Respiratory ailments, leg injuries, and heat stroke are common issues for these horses, who pull large amounts of weight for 12 or more hours a day on hard concrete. Horses have injured themselves, pedestrians, and even motorists when exposed to this stress.
Horses are loyal and intelligent animals that deserve better than a life of hard labor. We, the undersigned, ask you to support the passing of a horse-drawn carriage ban in New York City.
[Your Name Here]
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