COALITION TO BAN
HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES



HORSE SENSE

Weekly updates about issues and actions concerning New York City's Carriage Horses

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18 December 2006 - Vol. # 13

What's in this issue
our year in review ** holiday cards ** volunteer

OUR YEAR IN REVIEW
Remember Spotty and Juliet
SpottyAs 2006 comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the carriage horses this past year - whether monetarily or through volunteering your time and talents. It is greatly and deeply appreciated. With your generous help, we were able to gather a significant and respectable number of signatures to ban this industry and we will be able to do an advertising campaign in the New Year. (We are on a temporary hold due to legal issues, which we hope to have resolved soon.) We have also been blessed to have met and developed relationships with the most wonderful people - not only in New York City, but in other states and countries as well.

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages has been in existence since January, 2006 - formed in response to a horrific accident that took the life of Spotty, a young five year old gelding who had been working in the City for only a few months, pictured above. It has been a challenge to get the media interested in the plight of the carriage horse. However, in the past year we have had coverage in the major media - in the form of articles, letters and a radio interview - in New York City, Virginia, New Jersey, in national publications - and in New Zealand, England and Canada. Our on-line petition has been around the world and together with our paper petition, it represents all 50 states and over 40 countries.

This year we began two web sites - www.nycanimals.org and www.banhdc.org. The information on these web sites is quite extensive and we hope people reference them and use the information to further the issue -- whether in New York City or elsewhere where the carriage horse industry exists. We also began an e- newsletter, which goes out to many people whom we hope forward it on to others to learn of the plight of the NYC carriage horse and related issues.

Our Coalition operates on a shoe string budget. All of us are volunteers and need to coordinate the demands of an active campaign with our day jobs. But it is a labor of love and we are all very committed. It is seeing those sad horses on Central Park South and knowing that we cannot let them down. Our Wish List for 2007 is: Legal help; Accounting and Record Keeping help; Public Relations and Media help; Donations to help us continue our work, and more Volunteers. If you can provide any, please contact us at