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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
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
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
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.
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