BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE HORSES?

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Big Turnover in the NYC Carriage Horse trade:  There is a turnover of approximately 71 carriage horses in the NYC trade every year.  Since 2005,  529 horses have been removed from the Department of Health rolls.  Some of them found homes, others were rescued but we believe many went on to the auctions where they were made available to kill buyers for purchase.  There has been little accountability on the part of the owners.  

This is a new article on One Green Planet about this issue – with accompanying reports to substantiate these claims.       

Where do all the NYC Carriage Horses Go?    
by Elizabeth Forel - 5/31/13

Please read this and the reports below.  

THE 21 PAGE REPORT - NYC Carriage Horses  showing horse disposition based on DoH horse lists.  

Summary of Report   (DoH original documents below)

NOTE:  this information is copyrighted by the Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc.  If you would like to use it, we request that you e-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org for permission.  

The Department of Health  - already tried to change the law:  The most important flaw in the system is that the law does not require owners to reveal the names  of buyers when sold outside NYC as most are.  When a change in the law was suggested by the Department of Health, there was pressure and the suggestions were rescinded.  Click here for the the DoH’s intention to amend the existing regulations.  You will note many other suggestions  that were ignored also.  

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Most people who support a ban on horse-drawn carriages are concerned about what will happen to the horses if there is a ban.  They think the horses will go to slaughter. 

While it is fair question to an extent, it is often  asked by people who do  not have any understanding of  how the NYC carriage horse trade operates -- people who try to challenge us as if we had not thought of this important issue.   

We would not have campaigned for a ban of the NYC carriage trade if we thought all the horses would go to slaughter.  


This is the  proposed legislation, which we drafted, outlining horse disposition when the trade shuts down -- specifically S 17-329 Disposition of licensed horse.  (CAPS is new text; strike through is deleted text.)  This does not happen now.   We also tried to get this bill passed in the City Council as a stand alone (Intro 670 in 2011) but it was killed by Speaker Christine Quinn.  

Because of the loophole in the law targeting horses sold outside NYC, more than 71 horses do not have their license renewed each year.  So any concern about horses going to slaughter if there is a ban should be redirected to the present status quo.  What happens to these horses now?

4.  Many rescues and individuals have contacted us saying that when the ban happens, they would like to take in some NYC carriage horses.  NY Class and the ASPCA also have a list.   Because no one knows when a ban will happen, out of respect for their privacy -- and because we do not "telegraph our punches" we will not publish this list.    

DOCUMENTATION    

NOTE:  this information is copyrighted by the Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc.  If you would like to use it, we request that you e-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org for permission.  


Summary of Report

DoH Horse List - 4/24/13

DoH Horse List - 12/17/12

DoH Horse List - 4/30/12

DoH Horse List - 12/6/11

DoH Horse List  - 7/19/11

DoH Horse List - 9/4/09

DoH Horse List - 5/1/08

DoH Horse List - 9/1/07

DoH Horse List - 8/1/06

DoH Horse List - 10/31/05

DoH Horse List - 5/9/05