Praise Reprimand of Cruel Horse Carriage Driver


Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

Goal: Applaud the mayor’s move to revoke a horse carriage driver’s license following animal rights violations

What was once a budding tourist attraction has transformed into a heated animal rights debate as the campaign against horse carriages on New York City streets gains considerable momentum. The Department of Consumer Affairs, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, stripped a horse carriage driver of his license after he forced an injured horse to pull passengers around Central Park.

Saverio Colarusso, once fined for drinking beer on the job, ignored his horse Blondie’s apparent leg injury and forced him to work for nearly four days hauling countless passengers, including Colarusso himself, around New York City. When the police noticed that his horse was in serious distress Colarusso told them Blondie had been “…walking like that…” before revealing that the horse was indeed injured.

It was later learned that Blondie sustained his painful injury after stumbling because of  a loud garbage truck horn. A veterinarian later diagnosed Blondie with a bacterial infection called thrush, which could have easily been prevented had Colarusso taken the horse to get proper care in the early stages of his injury.

As a result of Colarusso’s carelessness, he was stripped of his horse carriage drivers license and fined a whopping $3,000 for animal rights abuses. New York is set to ban all operation of horse carriages soon, but this move to curb cruel carriage drivers is an important first step. Thank Mayor de Blasio for standing up for animal welfare.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

This letter is to acknowledge your efforts in case of Saverio Colarusso, a horse carriage driver recently stripped of his license following animal rights abuses. I am grateful that carriages are finally being recognized for the cruelty they entail. New York City streets aren’t adequate places for horses, and it’s shocking that it took so many years for city leaders to recognize that. What Colarusso did was callous and heartless, but I’m sure there are plenty of other carriage drivers who force their precious animals to work through appalling conditions.

Your decision to strip Colarusso of his carriage license and fine him for violating animal rights should be applauded. No creature should be subjected to cruel abuse at the hands of apathetic human beings. Because of your compassion in this case and your commitment to ending the use of carriages in your city, many more horses will be freed from lives of exploitation for human entertainment. Thank you for your efforts.


[Your Name Here]

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