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TESTIMONY FROM PUBLIC HEARING ON CARRIAGE HORSE BILLS - INTRO 658-A and  653-A at Council Chamber  - 2nd floor City Hall.    
January 30, 2009  (this is a work in progress as more testimonies get added.) 

Elizabeth Forel - discussion of ground swell for a ban; petitions signatures, paradigm shift

Holly Cheever, DVM - expert on equine issues including the carriage horse industry

Elaine S - discussion of blatant overcharging by carriage industry

Susan B - discussion of horse disposition and what really happens to the horses

Priscilla Feral - president of Friends of Animals asks if the horses need a union.

Donny Moss - how the industry lobbied the City Council not to look at the documentary Blinders: the truth behind the tradition

Ardele M - how  the "Irish " issue is a smoke screen for bad behavior

Dianne C - poem about a wild horse 

Santos L - Opposing Intro 653-A; industry should pay for water all year round   

Jill Weitz - challenges to the Consumer Affairs Committee on unions, insurance, overcharging

Mary Xanthos, DVM - discusses cruelty issues and spooking

Anne Muller League of Humane Voters - LOHV US   - addresses the Teamsters and union issue

Zoe Stolbun. -  discusses shameful traditions that have existed for too long

Pamela Goldsmith, Esq. - this is not testimony but instead a letter sent to CM Gennaro about his unprofessional behavior at the hearing.  

Kim M - talks about being a student of equine facilitated psychotherapy

Majorie Caruso - talks about inhumane conditions from the point of view of a life ling equestrian

Barbara F. - testimony faxed in - many  excellent issues addressed.

Debra W. - addresses the traffic issue and how it is impossible to do enforcement.

Jennifer Abrams  - addresses the innate nature of a horse and ethical considerations

Dr. Deborah T. - psychologist discusses the immoral lessons we teach our children

Robyn L. - discusses humane issue - including seeing them every day in traffic

Jo - disscusses how people who want a ban are the average person - neighbors, friends, corworkers - we are "everyone."  

Rita G - discusses the bogus job issue and how the industry has increased their workers by more than 100% 

Sandy Reynolds - discusses horse spooking and personal experience with horses

Rebecca Moore - discusses spooking and conditions under which horses work

Dena Allen - discusses lack of enforment of rules and regulations

Stephanie - discusses  public safety issues

Jill - on the connection between lack of daily turnout and colic, the leading cause of death in all horses

Joy Askew - rules, regulations, and lack of enforcement in the horse-drawn carriage industry. Neither the letter nor the spirit of the law is upheld.

Tracy Everitt - on overcharging tourists  (video)  and the fraud ignorned by our City officials.  Tourists Beware

Louis Gedo - on the overcharging of tourists, another indication that this industry is out of control

Emily Skalet - on the inhumane conditions in which the horses live, and the potentially disastrous consequences of having horses in traffic

Mary Culpepper - on horses and traffic: a combination that can be deadly for people as well as horses

Cat Mailander - on the many problems with having horse-drawn carriages in NYC: inhumane conditions, dangers to animals and public safety, poor oversight of the industry, tourists being overcharged.

Linda Brink / SunnySkies Sanctuary - on the dangers of horses spooking and the inevitability a human being killed

Dena Kalra - ... on the risks of a horse spooking in traffic--almost always deadly to a horse. Why does our city allow this outdated industry to continue?

Melissa - on why horse-drawn carriages don't belong in a traffic-congested urban environment such as New York City: having them is dangerous, inhumane and incomprehensible--and there is a lack of meaningful oversight.

Livi French - on the history of the present day carriage industry and getting the politics out of the industry

Maria Meringolo - on accidents, spooking and inhumane conditions.

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


To honor
Bobby II Freedom
previously known as Billy
ID# 2873 rescued by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Equine Advocates on June 25, 2010 from the New Holland auctions.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
previously known
as Dada ID# 2711
R.I.P.August, 2007