Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

 
 
Tragic carriage horse accident in Ireland (carriage being removed)
 
 
HORSE SENSE:  4/15/18

PUBLIC SAFETY: ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS TO BAN
HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line
horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 
We need a total ban, not a "compromise" that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 
Please donate to our campaign.
 We do not need much money since we do this proudly for free - it is a labor of love and compassion  - but we could use help with flyers, posters, this newsletter and our website. We also donate to equine rescues and to groups in other cities that want to make a difference.  We strongly feel that we are all in this together.  You will always get the truth here because we have no conflicts of interest and do not have to genuflect to anyone  - either because of business or political dealings.  With our years of experience with this issue going back to the 1990s, we are not hesitant to speak out. Thanks to all of you who have donated.  It is very much appreciated.
TRUTH not POLITICS!  

Horses can easily become unwitting weapons and cause accidents that may result in serious injury or death to themselves, their passengers or innocent passersby.  

This is the message we have been trying to convey to
the authorities for years.

These are the facts about horses that should give every Mayor, Legislator and Administrator pause about supporting the horse-drawn carriage trade or considering allowing a new business into their city. Horses are accidents waiting to happen.

  • Horses are prey animals.  This refers to an animal that traditionally may be hunted for food -- an animal that is sought, captured and eaten by a predator.  Horses' natural enemies are mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, bears and even humans.  They are hard-wired to react when they believe they are in danger.  They have a well-developed fight or flight response and will spook and run for their lives.  This can be in reaction to an umbrella opening, a loud noise, leaves rustling, plastic bags, or an unexpected bump or push.  It could be just about anything that they see as a threat. 
  • Size of a Horse:  Horses that pull carriages generally weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds and are very strong and muscular.  They are intimidating but are probably more afraid of you.  Charlotte's Web, the movie based on a classic children's book by E.B. White - beloved by both children and adults - captured this characteristic perfectly and humorously.  Ike, the horse,  was many times the size of Charlotte, the spider,  but was terrified to the point that he fainted and would only talk to her with his back turned.  
  • City Officials generally do not want to rock the boat and look at horse-drawn carriages as people entertainment and the horses as automatons.  While there have been many spooking accidents in NYC that have caused serious injuries, it is only a matter of time before someone dies.  It has happened in many other places around the globe.
  • Carriage drivers and their supporters will say their horses are "trained" and "bomb proof."  There is no such thing because a horse's nature cannot be denied.  We see this all the time with accidents.  We need to remember that a carriage business is profit motivated.  It is not an equine sanctuary.  They need for people to believe that they "love their horses like family, " working and living conditions are excellent and everything is perfect. 


AMERICAN COUPLE DIE IN IRELAND IN TRAGIC HORSE CARRIAGE ACCIDENT
While the road appeared to be treacherous, the horse apparently spooked and bolted, pulling the carriage into the ravine and killing himself and his passengers

This story was picked up in many papers around the country including the Washington Post, NY Post, NY Daily News, USA Today many national and local TV stations

NY Post  - 4/10/18

from Extra.ie - 4/12/18

"Stewart Ainsley was driving in a car behind the horse and cart when he saw the horrific tragedy involving Rosalyn Joy Few, 64, a US citizen, and her Canadian partner Normand Larose, 62, unfold within a ‘matter of seconds’.
‘We think he was going too fast, the horse. But by the time he decided to brake, obviously the cart must have went into the back of the horse, causing the horse to panic … then the horse took off,’ Mr Ainsley told RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday."
 
 
Site of horse-drawn carriage accident in Ireland
 
 
 

A ban will never happen for the carriage horses if you sell your soul for a quick win.  Real activists do not give up.  Real activists also read and learn about horses and their needs.  Real activists also read and learn about legislation.  They do not rely on some questionable organizations to tell them what to do. 



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Henry Beston, a writer and naturalist, eloquently said this about animals in the Outermost House, published in 1928, 

"For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

 
 
 
 
 

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
P.O. Box 20247  | Park West Station  | New York, NY 10025  |  Coalition@banhdc.org
 
 
      
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