Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages launches fund raising campaign to help NYC's Carriage Horses - May, 2006.

Dear Friend of New York City?s Carriage Horses:

We are writing to you today on behalf of NYC's carriage horses to ask for your help in our campaign to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry from NYC. We represent the COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES, a coalition of organizations and individuals formed in January 2006 in response to a horrific accident in midtown Manhattan, which involved Spotty, a five-year old carriage horse, who was so badly injured after colliding with a car, he was euthanized. Please visit our web site , to find out more about this cruel and archaic industry, which is an anachronism in modern day New York City.


The COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES has achieved excellent media coverage in the daily newspapers NY Newsday and AM-NY; an interview on Henican and White of WOR radio - all on May 11th - and coverage in the NY Sun newspaper on May 10th. Particularly because of the article in AM-NY, which is a very popular paper given out free at subway stations and in newspaper boxes throughout NYC, many people are now aware of the plight of NYC's carriage horses.  Our press release and coverage prompted WCBS TV Channel 2 to do an on-line poll on May 12th asking: "Should horse-drawn carriages be banned from Manhattan streets?" The results of that poll, which we presented to City Council members, was 77% YES and 23% NO.

We have had letters published on this topic in most of the major newspapers. We currently have two petitioning campaigns, which ask NYC Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Council Members to support legislation to end this industry. We have an on-line petition  and we are currently involved in a street tabling campaign. These petitions have been signed by numerous New Yorkers and people from many other states and countries. Our aim is to get a substantial number of signatures on these petitions to present to the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg.

In addition, the Coalition for New York City Animals, which is a founding member of the COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES, was instrumental in persuading Council Members Gale Brewer and Leticia James to withdraw their sponsorship of a bill that was lobbied hard by the Carriage Industry and would put the burgeoning Pedicab industry - their competition - out of business. The League of Humane Voters-NYC, also a founding member, was successful in persuading Council Members Rosie Mendez and Melissa Mark Viverato to withdraw their sponsorship from another bill supported by the Carriage Industry, designed to cripple the Pedicab competition.

We also have a draft of legislation on our web site that would effectively put an end to the horse-drawn carriage industry that is so out of place in modern day New York City.


The COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES, is a coalition of five founding member organizations and numerous individuals. They include the Coalition for New York City Animals, Friends of Animals, League of Humane Voters - NYC, PEACE and United Action for Animals. We depend on volunteers and donations from caring people like you to enable us to do our work. Friends of Animals has donated 1,000 flyers to this cause, which included the design, copy, and production. The Mary and Frank Hoffman Foundation has donated the hosting and maintenance of our web site.

But our passion and commitment can only go so far in making our goals and vision happen. This is where we need your help to raise funds for the following:

  • Advertising - educating the public about the cruelty of the horse-drawn carriage industry by advertising in publications that are read by New Yorkers and tourists, including newspapers, magazines and billboards
  • Campaign Materials - buttons, posters, flyers;
  • Research
  • Expert Witness Fund - to pay travel expenses for expert witnesses in the event of Council hearings on this issue.

Please be as generous as you can. Every donation helps. This will be a long struggle and we have the interest, passion, patience and fortitude to see it through but we need your support to make it happen. The horses that pull these carriages on the streets of Manhattan have been ignored for far too long. Please be their voices.

The Coalition for New York City Animals, a 501 (c) 4 not -for profit corporation is accepting donations for this cause. You may send a check to:

Coalition for New York City Animals, Inc.

PO Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025

or you may donate by credit card through Paypal.

Thank you for your time and thank you for caring about the horses.


Elizabeth Forel
Coalition for NYC Animals

Edita Birnkrant
Friends of Animals

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