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20 May 2007 - Vol. # 29

Teddy - Volunteering - T-Shirt Sale - Horse Slaughter Up-Date - AETA in NYC

the gentle giant
Big TeddyTeddy's story is now online. Please click here to see pictures of Teddy, the gentle giant and former carriage horse. See gentle Teddy being fed a carrot by a little boy; Teddy in his new warm coat (which we happily bought for him) that was purchased in the Big Boy shop; Teddy just being Teddy. Teddy continues to flourish with the help of all the good people at Central New England Equine Rescue.

Members of our Coalition have visited CNEER in Massachusetts and seen the heaven on earth that is home for their many horses, which include Monty and Teddy and until recently Lilly O'Reilly, a former NYC carriage horse, who was placed in a wonderful home. We have seen the volunteers perform a labor of love by getting up early in the morning to tend to the horses, feeding them, mucking their stalls, grooming, socializing, and giving them tender loving care. We have seen the horses playing and cavorting with each other; enjoying their Sunday molasses breakfast special; and just grazing and hanging out, enjoying both the other horses and people. Please consider donating to CNEER to help with their valuable work.

This is the only organization that has rescued carriage horses and been honest about their condition when they received them. No other organization that has helped find homes for carriage horses has spoken out about their physical and mental state when they are rescued. We are eternally grateful to CNEER for their honesty and willingness to help these horses by speaking the truth about their condition. The Truth is what will help us end this exploitative and abusive industry.

Tabling on Saturday, May 26th - Memorial Day Weekend
teresaYes - we will be in town. And if you are too - we hope you will spend a few hours with us. The weather is great and the horses need your help. The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages needs volunteers to help 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 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 26th, 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."

Because we want to liquidate our inventory, we have reduced the price of these shirts to $10, including postage. This is a $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 great looking caps, t-shirts, sweat shirts, tote bags and a t-shirt for your dog. Be fashionable and help the horses at the same time.

Illinois and Texas - oh my!
horse pulledIf you have not yet contacted your Senator or Congressman about the federal bill to ban horse slaughter - please do so now. And if you have already contacted them, give them another call to find out if there is any progress. It is urgent. The legislators in Illinois, which is home to one slaughter house, and Texas, which is home to two - have not been sitting idle. GOOD: Not willing to wait for the federal government to take action, on May 16th, the Illinois Senate passed a ban on horse slaughter. Previously approved by the House, it is on the governor's desk waiting his signature. Illinois residents, please call Gov. Rod Blagojevich at 217-782-0244 or 312-814-2121 and ask him to sign Bill #HB1711 into law.

BAD: Not to be outdone, the Texas Senate added an amendment to a bill, which would side step a 58 year-old Texas law preventing the slaughter of horses for consumption of their meat. Only in Texas, my friends, only in Texas.

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.

this is it! - the event you have been waiting for
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