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4-62/183 - December 11, 2009
HORSE SENSEPeriodic updates about issues and actions concerning New York City's Carriage Horses +
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International www.horseswithoutcarriages.orgURGENT REQUEST: PLEASE FORWARD TO LISTS, FRIENDS & COLLEAGUESCARRIAGE INDUSTRY BILL SLATED FOR VOTE MONDAY DECEMBER 21stUrgent - Please take action now - see below
The purpose of this special alert is to ask you to contact your Council Members to ask them to vote against Intro 653A. Click here for the text of the bill. This bill is a disaster for the horses. I will be sending this notice out several times this next week, so please bear with us as we implore all of you to take this necessary action.
Intro 653A is a carriage industry bill that must be opposed. The bill is likely to come up for a full council vote on December 21, 2009. Please contact your Council Member and ask that they vote against this bill for the reasons listed below. Because of the time factor, we are asking you to do three things :
- Call your Council Member's office
- Send a letter by fax and/or snail mail - but it must be done now
- Base your letter on the reasons listed below.
- Send an e-mail to enforce the above. However, e-mails are the least effective means of communication since many bounce and are not checked by the council offices.
- The Council web site is www.council.nyc.gov. Click on "Council Members" to the left. You will come to a page where all the members are listed. If you do not know your Council Member , enter your address to find out.
- Ask your Council Member to vote against Intro 653A, the bill that would amend the administrative code in regard to horse-drawn cabs.
- In addition to your own council member, contact Speaker Christine Quinn. Let her know how inappropriate the bill is and that she should not attempt to push it through the council.
- Always say that you support a full ban of the carriage trade. It is both inhumane and unsafe. If you live outside New York City, please contact Speaker Christine Quinn. If you are so inclined, also contact the other Council Members.
This must not be allowed to continue!REASONS TO OPPOSE THIS BILLuse as a guide for your phone calls and letters
- Rate Increase: The bill would provide a rate increase to the drivers. Although they have technically not had a raise in 15 years, they cheat on the street by overcharging tourists and charge huge amounts on their web sites - up to $175 for a ride. This is all illegal but the drivers do it with impunity since the oversight agencies look the other way. The Council now wants to reward them for this larceny. They have given themselves their own raise and will most likely continue to charge more on the streets and their web sites whether or not they get this increase. The increase represents a 240% jump over the current rate. No amount will ever be enough and the City should not support and reward fraud. See the NY Post recent article. Taken for a Ride.
- No Improvements: The Bill seeks to give the drivers a raise but turns its back on the sub standard stables such as West Side Livery on W. 38th St. See this under cover report by Animals' Angels http://www.banhdc.org/animalsangels.pdf . This bill is all about the drivers getting more and the horses getting less. The horses will still work 9 hours a day in heavy traffic, in hot humid weather or freezing cold; they will still come back to small stalls accessed by steep ramps. Although horses need daily turnout, they will not get it under this bill.
- UNENFORCEABLE WINDOW DRESSING --
- Age at Purchase: the bill seeks to pull the proverbial wool over the eyes by pretending to care about the horses. It states that horses must be at least five years old at purchase and no older than 20. But it says nothing about the age at which a horse must retire. It is also very difficult to determine the age of horses so this section is meaningless. Holly Cheever, DVM and equine expert, states that the "old- age cutoff can vary enormously based on the health, genetics and care of the individual horse. Especially when they come through the killer (horse slaughter) sales, the ages of horses tend to be inaccurate. Rarely does a horse for sale have any corroborating papers and tattoos to affirm this age. I would get horses off the street by the age of 20." Within the last year, a working horse at one of the stables died and was listed as 33 years old.
- Rest for Horses : the bill calls for 35 days of nonconsecutive rest per year for each horse. This is clearly a ruse since horse experts concur that horses (particularly working horses) need daily turnout, which they presently do not get. There is no consideration for the other 330 days the horses where they are confined between the shafts of their carriage for nine hours a day only to return to their stables where there is no opportunity to graze in pastures and socialize with other horses - something so important for herd animals. In addition, there is no way to enforce this part of the bill so it is also meaningless.
- The City of NY will pay for water for horses, while laying off City workers. We have complained for years that the horses do not have access to year round water in the park. This bill seeks to have the city pay for piping to provide this water. The industry should pay for it. It is irresponsible to support a bill that will incur city expenditures to support a controversial private industry, which should not be subsidized by the city.
- Bridles and halters required on working horses: but drivers will be allowed to continue to use their cell phones to talk and text , and read newspapers while working; they will still be allowed to make u-turns in heavily congested streets with impunity.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.email: coalition@...web: http://banhdc.org/
Thank you for caring about the horses, Elizabeth Forel - Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages - a standing committee of The Coalition for New York City Animals, Inc.
Please DONATE to our campaign to ban the inhumane and unsafe carriage horse industry.
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