Posted October 6, 2012
VIOLATIONS COMMITTED BY CARRIAGE DRIVERS
videos below show violations committed by carriage drivers. The
ASPCA must see the violations directly and will not act on those
video if they did not personally witness them. They will also not
affidavits. Because they are in the park so seldom and certainly
undercover, they rarely observe violations. This
information has been given to the authorities who continue to ignore
These are examples of violations captured by activists who have felt the necessity to document these abuses because the laws are being ignored.
OVERLOADING CARRIAGE: The Administrative Code prohibits more than four adults in the carriage. Yet some drivers continue to ignore this law as evidenced in these videos. The law is cited in the Administrative Code under the Department of Consumer Affairs – Section 20–372 Definitions: 5. "Horse drawn cab" shall mean a horse drawn vehicle operating for hire, so designed and constructed to comfortably seat not more than four adults, or two adults and four children, each of whom is under twelve years of age, or three adults and two children, each of whom is under twelve years of age, in the interior thereof.
August 26, 2012
July 23, 2012
#1068 – there were two drivers also – one dismounted to guide the horse into making an illegal u-turn.
July 4, 2012
#1116 – horse #3642
June 9, 2012
March 21, 2012
NOT PAYING ATTENTION - could be texting, reading while driving, not looking at the road; not paying attention to their horse, which could result in the horse getting away from them.
June 30, 2012
texting while driving. This should be illegal but the carriage trade managed to get the Department of Health to rescind proposed changes to their regulations in 2010. Consequently, carriages drivers continue to read, phone, text and otherwise not pay attention with immunity. Information and testimony at hearing available upon request from sender of this e-mail.
LEAVING HORSE UNATTENDED OR UNTETHERED
This regulation is part of the Administrative Code under the Department of Health – Section - 17–330 Regulations. - b. 1. Horses shall not be left untethered or unattended except when confined in a stable or other enclosure. When tethered, all horses shall be secured by the use of a rope attached to the halter, not to the bit or bridle.
June 9, 2012
the driver allowed his passenger to sit in the seat while he was quite a distance away taking a picture.
several photographs drivers who are standing far away from their
horses. They should be holding them on a lead line if they are
dismounted. CONA (carriage operators of north America) has an article on
just this subject in their current issue. It is extremely poor
horsemanship. Inattentive, inexperienced and careless drivers often contribute to horses spooking and bolting.
This is Ian McKeever. We have others with McKeever by himself doing the same thing.
May 1, 2009
May 25, 2010
Driver allowing a young girl to take the reigns. Very bad.
March 17, 2012
August 4, 2012
this horse is clearly breathing too heavily and with difficulty.
The law – Section 4-05. of the DoH regulations Working Conditions.
(b) Environment. (1) Owners shall not allow a horse to be worked on a public highway, path or street during adverse weather or other conditions which are a threat to the health or safety of the horse and the public. Adverse weather conditions shall include but not be restricted to snow, ice, heavy rain or other slippery conditions. A horse being worked when such conditions develop shall be returned to the stable by the most direct route as soon as practicable.
July 26, 2012
DRIVER NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO HIS HORSE WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH THE BIT
VILE AND FOUL LANGUAGE & HEAVY RAIN -.
July 25, 2012
this driver hit the person filming, which is why the sound went off.
Drivers should not be working in heavy snow.
2008 - this still continues.
June 23, 2012
July 21, 2012
Christina Hansen, former Philadelphia driver and part owner of Blue Star Equiculture comes to NYC, gets her carriage driver’s license here and tries to provoke activists . She is also the spokesperson for the Horse & Carriage association.
Carriage Horses in Ice & Snow Storm (02:22) - by director Donny Moss - shows drivers out working on a very snowy and icy day even though it is illegal. The ASPCA die not attempt to send them back in until the storm was at least one hour under way.
Blinders: the Truth Behind the Tradition (02:35) - by director Donny Moss - an expose of the carriage industry in NYC; shown in many film festivals. Please note that this is a trailer for a longer documentary
Horses in Traffic NYC (04:40) - shows typical traffic conditions endured by NYC carriage horses.
George Bliss Speaks (06:23) - George Bliss, who represents the pedicab industry speaks about legislation affecting his industry and therefore the horse and carriage industry, a direct competitor.
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Bobby II Freedom
former NYC carriage horse 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.