Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New York City. Horse-Drawn Carriages. Intro 86a. Supporters.


The campaign to replace New York City's horse-drawn carriages with electric, horseless carriages picked up some steam when two city council members pledged their support for Intro 86a. They are Margaret Chin of District 1 and Peter Koo of District 20. The New York City Council has 51 members. By my estimation, there are 16 council members who support Intro 86a including Koo and Chin. Supporters on the Council are Melissa Mark-Viverito (Prime sponsor), Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Fernando Cabrera, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daniel Garodnick, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, Jessica Lappin, Rosie Mendez and Ydanis A. Rodriguez. 

We all know that the horse-drawn carriage industry is archaic, cruel, and far from being a romantic ride. 

Who wants to sit and kiss right behind a horse's ass? 

The horses work an average of 9 hours a day, pulling a carriage that weighs hundreds of pounds, in all four seasons of the year. You can see them still working past midnight in heavy vehicular traffic. 

If you would like to be informed and support the effort to end horse-drawn carriages in New York City, the best place to go is NYCLASS which stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets. 

1 comment:

Kelly E. said...

This is awful. What is the purpose, a fun night out on the town, at whose expense. How would you like to have a harness strapped to your back and forced to pull hundreds of pounds all day and night? Walking on hard concrete, in the heat and frigid temperatures. There is absolutely no need for this. Humans making money off the backs of animals...literally.

Kelly E.