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Animal rights protesters take whip to Central Park carraige rides

By Elizabeth Lazarowitz  

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 2:34 AM

Animal advocates gathered at Central Park Thursday to protest horse-drawn-carriage rides as the City Council gets ready to consider a ban on the tourist attraction.

"You can't have horse-drawn carriages in New York City without the public safety issues and the inherent animal cruelty issues," said Edita Birnkrant, a spokeswoman for Friends of Animals.

She said horses went to work in a snowstorm last month, and one slipped on an icy street.

About a dozen animal welfare advocates rallied in frigid weather, shouting, "Shame on you!" at a far-larger crowd of tourists lined up for rides.

The Council is set to debate a bill later this month that would shut down the industry.

Carriage operators said charges that the horses are maltreated are untrue.

"This horse is making a living for me and my family." said driver Enda Moran, 38. "Why would I abuse a horse that's doing that?"

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

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

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


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