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Protect the steers

AM-New York - October 6, 2006

I was glad to see the prominent coverage on the apparent neglect of retired New York Police Department horses at an upstate farm.

At least the department has taken the provisions for the care of these horses after their retirement, and the city is obviously following up to make sure they are being cared for.

The same cannot be said for the poor carriage horses, however. The city obviously considers them a tourist attraction and doesn't care about their present conditions or what their ultimate fate will be.

Major cities such as London, Paris and Toronto have banned this inhumane industry. It is past time for New York to catch up. We certainly have more than enough other attractions to keep compassionate tourists occupied.

--Teresa D'Amico,
The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

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