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6 May 2007 - Vol. # 27

Volunteering - T-Shirt Sale - Horse Health -  NYC - Horse spooks in VA - AETA in NYC

Tabling on Saturday, May 12th- Speaker Christine Quinn's district
tablingThe weather is great and the horses need your help. The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages will be tabling on Saturday, May 12th in Speaker Christine Quinn's district. We need volunteers to help us get signatures on petitions to the Mayor and City Council -- and to hold posters. This is not a demonstration but an educational event. It is an excellent opportunity to help the horses and get to see how supportive both tourists and New Yorkers are. You can volunteer for one hour or four. We need to know when you will be there so we are sure to have coverage. Please contact Teresa at if you can volunteer.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2007 WHERE: midtown - information will be given to volunteers. TIME: 1-5 PM

Promote our message to help the horses
t-shirtThe warm weather is here and it is time to wear your t-shirts - ours preferably. Wear it to the gym to educate people about the carriage horses; wear it to table with us - or just wear it because it looks good and is comfortable. We have a sizable inventory of t-shirts (shown here) in small, medium and large - that we want to sell to raise money for our campaign. They run a little big. The slogan on this style is "Show Compassion" "Say No to a Carriage Ride." We also have a few left of the women's cap sleeve t-shirt in size medium, which is to size. The slogan on this shirt is "There's No Romance in Cruelty".

We are offering these shirts at $15 including postage - a $5-10 savings from our Internet store. If you are interested, please e-mail me at with the size needed. I will e-mail you back to let you know if it is available. Only checks are accepted. Although all sizes are available, please wait until you hear from me confirming it. At that time, checks should be made out to Coalition for New York City Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 20247, New York, NY 10025.

However, if you want to purchase anything through our store, credit cards are accepted through PayPal. We have caps, t-shirts, sweat shirts; tote bags and a tee for your dog.

The's series on anatomy and physiology
teddyWant to learn more about how a horse's body works? Find out in The Horse's 12-part Special Report: Anatomy and Physiology. Sponsors include the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT). Files are in PDF format and can be downloaded.

The excellent educational presentation includes articles on anatomy and physiology; joints, forelimbs and hind limbs; feet, head and back, muscles, tendons and ligaments, digestive system, circulatory and respiratory systems; and reproductive systems. This gorgeous guy, with hair that looks like a beret, is Teddy whose story we will report next week.

the horses always need your attention
SpottyIt has been several months since a carriage horse accident in NYC was reported by the press. That does not mean one has not happened, however. As reported in a recent newsletter, a taxi hit a carriage at Grand Army Plaza and CPS a few weeks ago but it was not reported by the media. Now that we are tabling in Hell's Kitchen - in the neighborhood that includes 9th Avenue, the main route back to the stables - we have had several people describe accidents they have witnessed. Many were never reported by the media probably because they were not informed.

Our Coalition is steadfast about our mission, which is to ban the immoral carriage horse trade in NYC. We are always working on this issue - not just when the media is in a frenzy about an accident. We are on the street gathering signatures on petitions and talking with people. Please do not give up on the horses - work with us. We need your help - we cannot do it by ourselves. Talk about this with other people. Wear our t-shirts and buttons. it is a small price to pay to get the message out. People will see your button or your t-shirt and ask about it. Tell them to see our web sites to learn more about this issue -- and These horses need all the help they can get not just when an accident is reported in the media. Spotty, pictured above, is being dragged into a trailer to be euthanized after the horrendous NYC crash in January, 2006.  

Horse spooks - two people injured
HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE CRASH: WSLS NewsChannel 10 - May 1, 2007 -- Two people were hurt when their horse-drawn carriage crashed. Blacksburg police say it happened at 5:50 last night on University City Boulevard. Investigators say a 73-year-old man and his daughter were thrown from the carriage, because the horse became scared after the carriage side-swiped a curb. According to police, the man was wearing a helmet, but had to be air-lifted to the hospital in Roanoke. His daughter declined medical treatment. While responding, officers say they found and tried to stop the runaway carriage, which was being pulled by two horses. It was eventually stopped after the horses ran another half mile or so on University City Boulevard.

May 22nd at NYC Bar Association - Save the Date
NO AETAOn May 22, the NYC Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals will sponsor "The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: Civil Rights as a Casualty in Anti-Terrorism Rhetoric". WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 6 - 9 pm WHERE: NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street , NYC

A serious setback for civil rights, the newly enacted federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) risks targeting free speech advocates as terrorists even in the absence of any harm or damage, or for any loss of corporate profits. This program will address AETA's far-reaching implications.

Moderator: ODETTE J. WILKENS Member, Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals; Executive Director, Equal Justice Alliance Speakers: WILL POTTER Award-winning Journalist; Creator of blog focusing on the effects of the war on terrorism on civil liberties; PETER MULLER Principal, League of Humane Voters; MINNA ELIAS New York Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY); H. LOUIS SIRKIN Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP; ANDREW F. ERBA Williams Cuker Berezofsky; ROBERT A. OBLER Criminal Trial Attorney; HEIDI BOGHOSIAN Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild; DAVID CASSUTO Associate Professor of Law, Pace Law School

"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question, Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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