Vet: Carriage Horses Suffering  
As an equine veterinarian who has inspected New York City's carriage horses since 1988 and has also advised 15 other municipalities and states on how to create humane carriage horse operations, I am ashamed to say that New York's version of its horse-drawn tourist attraction is by far the worst in terms of the number of unexplained deaths and the grim conditions under which the horses live and work. The current regulations fail to protect these horse in their stables and on the streets. They are dying in unacceptable numbers and at very young ages, though the public is never made aware of this fact. Currently, the best that can be said of New York's operating conditions is that they may be survivable--barely--but they are never humane. Please urge the City Council to vote for a permanent ban on horse-drawn carriages, and eliminate this cruel 19th century anachronism from our 21st century setting.

Holly Cheever, DVM , Voorneesville, NY

Holly Cheever is an equine veterinarian, educated at Harvard University and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She has a lifetime of experience in horse management, including the driving of carriage horses. Since 1988, she has been the primary equine adviser for 15 other municipalities and states (including New York) that have sought knowledgeable assistance either to ban carriage horses from operating in their cities or to devise protective codes and legislation to prevent the all-too-common animal abuse that occurs in this industry.

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

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To honor
Bobby II Freedom
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.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
previously known
as Dada ID# 2711
R.I.P.August, 2007