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13 May 2007 - Vol. # 28

Volunteering * Teddy * New Life & New Hope * T-Shirt Sale * AETA

Tabling on Saturday, May 19th - Speaker Christine Quinn's district
teresaDo you have an hour or two? The weather is great and the horses need your help. The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages will be tabling on Saturday, May 19th 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 19th, 2007 WHERE: midtown - information will be given to volunteers. TIME: 1-5 PM

the gentle giant and former carriage horse
teddy with leg upTeddy, a grey dapple Percheron gelding, is about 10 years old and is a former carriage horse who has lived at Central New England Equine Rescue (CNEER) since November. Although a relatively young and strong boy, he had bloody sarcoids all over his body, including a very large one on his sheath. Sarcoids are benign lesions or tumors that involve connective tissue. They are persistent, but very treatable. These sores were unattractive however, and in the carriage industry - a death sentence - not to mention an unwelcome expense. In a world where one NYC driver paints her horse's hooves with purple metallic paint - prettiness is the name of the game. With this strike against him, if Teddy had gone on to the auctions - chances are, he would have been bought by a killer buyer. But Central New England Equine Rescue stepped up to the plate and rescued Teddy, providing him safe haven. He has had successful surgery but is still under treatment.

Teddy's vet thinks he must have been drugged frequently when pulling the carriages since he requires such a large dose to go under for any of the treatments. She believes he was probably drugged every time he went out on the streets because he is a bit edgy - not a desirable quality in a carriage horse. Teddy remains terrified of Bob, the blacksmith, who is a very kind and patient man with a horse whisperer's voice. Poor Teddy breaks into a terrified sweat when Bob puts on his blacksmith apron or picks up the rasp to work on the horses. And of course, everyone wonders what they did to him in his former life to make him act this way.

But Teddy is a sweet, gentle giant and likes to act like a mischievous little boy. Vicky of CNEER says "he enjoys playing with the other horses and likes to get his pals running and cavorting and then stands and watches them - I swear he is laughing at them! Teddy has a long way to go but he is getting to trust a bit more each time someone goes to him with a gentle pat and a kind word" -- something he probably did not get too much of in his life as a carriage horse.

Another fan, Helen, describes a situation one morning in the bitter cold as she tried to budge the frozen stall door. All the horses were eager to get out of their stalls for breakfast. "Every time I tried to open it, Teddy would bump me with his big head and toss me a few feet. I kept pulling on the stall door and he kept bumping me until he clear knocked me over. I was laughing and laughing and he definitely had a twinkle in his eye."

Helen then describes Teddy as he tears out of his stall running like the wind, kicking up his heels and bucking -- "then he stops dead - looks back at me with a twinkle in his eyes for sure; lifts his head up and does a rubber lips, which sure looks like he is laughing. Then he walks over to munch on his hay." Teddy will remain at CNEER until he is ready to be placed in a good home.

See more pictures of handsome Teddy on NYC Animals' web site. The poignant imagery of this great horse running in the wind, so thoroughly enjoying himself, reminds us that horses love to be free -- not stuck between the shafts of a carriage for nine hours a day without even being able to scratch an unbearable itch -- only to go back to a stall with no possibility for turnout -- and in the case of Teddy's former carriage stall -- not being able to stand up straight. We have it in our power to right this wrong - to put an end to this archaic and cruel trade ... for all the Teddys, Montys and Lillys and all the ones who don't make it out.

Three new lives - despite incredible odds
hsmo BABYJUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY: Mama, a Thoroughbred mare, was pregnant when she was rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri last September from the horrific trailer wreck on I-44 in Missouri. The trailer was on its way to the slaughter house and although some died in the accident, this intervention saved the rest from a grisly death. Amazingly, Mama survived and gave birth April 18th to a healthy colt whose name is Twister - short for Twist of Fate. The miracle colt has long legs and is full of spunky spirit. He'll grow up big and strong under Mama's watchful eye and the care of staff and volunteers at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch.  

kINDNESS RANCHAnd at the Kindness Ranch in Wyoming, a foal, named Second Chance, was born on April 30th to Stormy a rescued "Premarin Mare" - given up when the rancher who used her in Premarin production lost his pharmaceutical contract. Foals of pregnant mares on Premarin farms are at high risk for slaughter - especially males. Chance (for short) does not have to worry however. Both he and his mom, Stormy, will live out their lives together at the Kindness Ranch. The Kindness Ranch welcomes visitors so you can make plans to see Stormy and Chance and all the other rescued animals.  

WillieSnickers, a blind 11 year old bay mare, was one of 30 horses actually inside the slaughter house in Cavel, Ill, when a federal court order closed them down. Many horse rescue organizations stepped up to the plate to take in these survivors, giving them a second chance at life. What was 30 horses, however, turned into 31, when Snickers, who was taken in by the Fair Dinkum Farm in Wyoming and who did not appear pregnant, gave birth on April 16th, to a healthy foal who was named Willie in part after Willie Nelson - a great friend to horses and advocate against horse slaughter. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THREE NEW MOMS!

STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER PERMANENTLY IN THE U.S. -The plant in Illinois is tragically operating again. Let's put an end to horse slaughter in the US permanently by getting Congress to pass the The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your two U.S. Senators' and U.S. Representative's offices. Urge your Senators to "support H.R. 249 to protect wild horses from slaughter and cosponsor S. 311 to stop the sale and transport of all horses to slaughter." Urge your Representative to "cosponsor H.R. 503 to stop the sale and transport of all horses to slaughter." New Yorkers: neither Senator Clinton nor Senator Schumer are co-sponsors of these bills. Ask them for their support and to push these bills forward for a vote. If you do not know who your representatives are, see this web site. See the HSUS web site for more information on this issue.

Promote our message to help the horses
The 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.

this Tuesday, May 22nd at the NYC Bar Association
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.

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