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Issue 17 October 2006 - Vol. # 4


CRASH HORSE 3Because of our upcoming fund raising party at No Malice Palace, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages has canceled volunteer tabling for this coming Saturday. We need the time to do last minute things. Our fund raiser is shaping up to be a great night - for a wonderful cause. We hope you will come - but if you cannot, please consider sending us a donation. We are all volunteer and depend on public support to produce our advertising campaign.

Rescued horses need foster and sponsorship
CRASH HORSE 1We have decided to devote most of this newsletter to two related issues - the accident in Missouri on September 27th in which a tractor-trailer bound for an Illinois horse slaughter facility overturned -- and the specter of horse slaughter, which is a threat to many horses, including those in the carriage trade. The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) assisted in the rescue of 25 horses and one mule - 16 horses died due to injuries. This was reported in our September newsletter - Volume #2.

HSMO needs donations to care for these horses and keep them from slaughter. Please read more about these very needy horses and what you can do to help.

America's dirty little secret
CRASH HORSE 4More than 91,000 horses were slaughtered in the United States last year in three foreign owned horse slaughter plants located in Illinois and Texas. The meat was shipped to Europe and Asia where it is considered a delicacy. Most Americans think this is a barbaric practice and want to see it ended.

On September 7th, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act - HR 503, passed in Congress by a vote of 263 to 146. If the bill becomes law, US horse slaughter plants will be shut down. A matching bill has been introduced in the Senate - S-1915, by Sen. John Ensign and Sen. Mary Landrieu. The only way for this bill to come up for a vote before the end of the year is if YOU contact your senator to urge him/her to support and/or co-sponsor this bill. It is best to call their office. You can reach your senator by clicking here.

Please visit the web site of the Animal Welfare Institute and the Society of Animal Protective Legislation to find out more about this issue.

A word about NYC's own

horses corralled for slaughterMost carriage horses do not last long on the streets of NYC. While some may find a nice home after their "retirement" - many go to the auctions in Pennsylvania and are subjected to killer buyers. We are currently analyzing horse lists from the Department of Health to determine how long horses stay on the roles. This information will be reported in the future. Previous estimates from the Carriage Horse Action Committee, active in the 1980s and early '90s, reported that the average working life for a carriage horse is only four years on the streets of NYC. This was based on researching and comparing the Department of Health horse lists going back over 10 years.

The picture above shows horses being corralled for slaughter. For more detailed information on the tragedy of horse slaughter, visit Equine Advocates' web site.

Thank you for caring about the horses, Elizabeth Forel - Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages