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Elizabeth Allen Tobier
 Brooklyn NY 

Testimony prepared for 3/12/10 Hearing on Intro 0035-2010, 0086-2010, 0092-2010, 0093-2010

Committee on Consumer Affairs, New York City Council
Council Chambers, City Hall, NYC

My name is Elizabeth Tobier and I reside in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  I volunteer with and support the Coalition to Ban Horse-drawn Carriages, because this organization is the leading advocacy group working to free the horses from their current condition of slavery.

I am in support of Intro 92, which repeals all provisions allowing for the operation of horse drawn cabs.

I oppose the carriage industry bill, Intro 35, which seeks to strengthen its stance as a legitimate industry, when in fact it is a business built on the backs of slaves, whose entire lives are being sacrificed.  The horses work 7 days a week, 9 hours a day, in all kinds of weather, are subjected to loud and sudden noises and exhaust fumes.  The horses work day-in, day-out dragging heavy loads of tourists through the crowded traffic, and all to benefit the carriage industry.  After their workday, carriage horses return everyday to a single stall stable and are given no opportunity to freely run around, forage, socialize and be normal.  The true purpose of Intro 35 is to establish rate increases for drivers; the other supposed improvements for the horses are simply window-dressing.  According to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages website, at, “At least six people have been hospitalized and three horses have died from horse carriage incidents in New York since 2006.”  If this bill succeeds, the hellish circumstances experienced by the horses and the risk of tragic accidents due to spooking and traffic accidents will continue.

Regarding Intro 86, which would establish a classic cars business to replace the carriage horses, I believe it would be smarter for the City to support and strengthen the existent Pedicabs industry instead.  Further, Intro 86 does not adequately specify the safe disposition of the horses, which leaves them vulnerable to being slaughtered or sold into an alternative slave condition.  If Intro 86 is enacted, it will increase dangerous conditions on the streets for horses and humans during the remainder of the time when carriage rides are allowed.

I hope all Council Members will explore the website for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and view the film “Blinders,” by Donny Moss to learn more about why we need to safely retire all carriage horses at this time.  Along with my testimony, I submit a copy of the film, “Blinders”.

Thanks for the opportunity to comment on these proposals.

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


To honor
Bobby II Freedom
previously known as Billy
ID# 2873 rescued by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Equine Advocates on June 25, 2010 from the New Holland auctions.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
previously known
as Dada ID# 2711
R.I.P.August, 2007