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The Metro - July 11, 2007 - by Brian Childs City Hall

Thirty members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages protested here yesterday, waving pictures of bleeding horses and handing out flyers with instructions on how to petition the mayor and City Council. The protest was sparked by a horse-drawn carriage accident in which a horse was spooked and bolted into a taxi, injuring the taxi driver and horse.

"I spend a lot of time running in Central Park and I've seen the horse carriages. The drivers overload them, they don't give them enough water, the horses look like they're just about to die," said Barbara Rahmanan, of the Upper West Side. "These animals are worked to death literally and just so a tourist can ride around? It's ridiculous." The PETA members hoped that the protest would persuade New Yorkers and tourists to stop riding. "We wouldn't treat our children like this or our cats and dogs like this. I've seen the horses in Central Park, it's very romantic but a little silly." Said Robert Soret 54, a landscape designer from Manhattan. The protesters want a complete ban and balked at Councilman Avella's proposal to limit carriages to Central Park. "They're still going to have to walk on main streets to get to their stables. They are still going to have to walk in extreme heat," said Ian Blessing, the PETA spokesman who organized the event.

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