Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

July 8th, 2007 10:19 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Jul 6, 2007 5:41 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

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7/6/07: Another Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Elizabeth Forel, coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com
Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
http://www.banhdc.org

*If you have witnessed any accidents or incidents concerning the carriage horses — or — have evidence of an HLE officer not doing his/her job concerning the carriage horses or showing bias to the drivers, please contact: coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall; New York, NY 10007
ph: 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
fax: 212-788-8123
web email: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html

Ed Sayres, president, ASPCA
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
424 E. 92nd St; New York, NY 10128-6804
email: esayres [at] aspca.org

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Go to: http://www.nyccouncil.info/constituent/index.cfm
Faxes or phone calls preferred. Ask them to support a ban of the Horse-Carriage industry. If you’ve contacted them before, contact again.

Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Sayres,

Please count me among the many NYC residents and visitors who support a ban on horse-drawn carriages due to their elemental cruelty and threat to public safety.

On July 4, 2007, another carriage horse collided with a taxi on Central Park South. A passing motorcyclist, Tony Zappetti, saw the animal charge head-on into a taxi. Upon impact, the carriage careened sideways into his bike. Zapetti claims the wounded horse, a 12-year-old gelding named Bud, left blood pools on the ground. The cabby was hospitalized and Zapetti, who sustained minor injuries, drove away on his battered bike.

This marks the second carriage horse accident in a single month.

In April of 2006, a Hansom Cabs horse crashed into Lawrence McKittrick, a Central Park bicyclist, 71, treated for a broken hip. That collision followed a January 2006 crash between a Hansom Cabs horse, Spotty, and a station wagon at 50th Street and Ninth Avenue. When Spotty hit the car at full gallop, his hind legs twisted over the roof and his head smashed into the street. Spotty died. The driver’s critical injuries left him in a coma. A father and son inside a station wagon were injured as well.

Clearly, horses are not designed to haul carriages through streets clogged with bikers, walkers, cars, taxis, busses and emergency vehicles. These 1,000 to 2,000+ animals are easily spooked. As equine expert Holly Cheever, DVM, wrote in January 2007, “I have heard New York carriage owners/drivers claim repeatedly that their horses are “spook-proof.” There is no such thing… The potential for injury is enormous and represents an extreme liability risk for the City as the licensing agent.”

Horses endure fatigue, dehydration, chronic hoof conditions and lameness as they lug bulky cabs over unyielding pavement in extreme heat or cold. Exhaust fumes lead to respiratory ailments and the animals live in cramped stables with barely enough room to move.

Mayor Bloomberg, I respectfully ask you to assert your authority to prohibit horse-pulled cabs in New York City. Limiting them to Central Park is not a solution, since accidents occur in the park and nearby streets. I urge the ASPCA to advocate a comprehensive ban on horse-drawn carriages as well.

Thank you for considering my opinion. I look forward to your feedback.

Sincerely,

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One Response to “Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban”

  1. Anita Gerami Says:

    As a stable owner and operator of the largest fleet of horses & carriages,i feel very compelled to respond to these accusations against my industry.All stables along with street inspections are done constantly by the aspca ,and health dept.Its outragous to say our horses are dehydrated,lame or sick,when all these inspections are performed.Having Vets who live far away and have no contact with our animals,making statements is unfair and very misleading.The NYC Dept of Health,as a Vet who performs all inspections,these are the people who know and are familiar with the care of our horses & stables,in no way could the horses or the stables be what these extremists try to claim.If may be the right for animal activists to disagree with working animals,but its my right as a licensed ,insured horse owner to enjoy owning and working my 20 plus horses in NYC,like my Family has been doing over 40 yrs.With increased business every yr,obviously the majority of people enjoy triding in horse&carriages too.

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