Target: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Goal: Stand with mayor as he tries to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park
Until Bill de Blasio became the mayor of New York City, the proposal to ban horse-drawn carriages was somewhat shoved under the rug. It was not taken seriously by the people of New York, and it was thought of as something that only extreme animal rights groups cared about. While de Blasio does agree that Central Park is sacred and iconic — the defense that pro-carriage people often use — he sees the horse carriages as vestiges of a different time.
Politically, this is not a great position for de Blasio to take. Many people see the horse-drawn carriages as a staple of New York and of New York tourism, and could not imagine a Central Park without them. However, many individuals are joining animal rights activists in standing with the mayor against the use of horse-drawn carriages in the park.
The banning lobby has some excellent moral reasons for getting rid of the horse-drawn carriages, which are ultimately stronger than the economic reasons that people have for keeping them. For example, if the horses get startled while they are walking on the streets, they can cause accidents. Many horses have crashed into cabs or cars, or have begun running out of control. They work all day and never get any pasture time — when they are not working or on the streets of New York, they are locked in their stables. While the owners — who operate the carriages — generally love their horses, the circumstances of their work do not allow them to give the horses the life that they need. They need more open space than uptown Manhattan can afford them.
Therefore, we are standing with Mayor Bill de Blasio as he works to stop the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York. It is a hard fight, and as such, he needs support as he moves forward with this debate. Sign the petition to him to tell him that we agree with his movement.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
We want to commend your effort to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York. They are now a vestige of an older New York City, and while preserving the past is great, sometimes it is not appropriate. In cases where horses are dealing with rush hour traffic, it is the latter.
We are writing today to let you know that we support you in your effort to ban the use of horse carriages in New York. While it is definitely a hard fight, we think it is best for the future of New York — and the horses — if your side comes out of this victorious.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Chuck Kuhn via Fine Art America