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Elizabeth Forel - January 30, 2009
My name is Elizabeth Forel and I am president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. In December 2005, there was no activity on the issue of the appropriateness of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Then Spotty, the carriage horse, died a tragic death in January 2006 and the Coalition was born. It was a no-brainer. Since that time, this issue has become a topic of conversation again. There is interest and compassion all over the city, country and world for these horses. Our coalition has amassed over 35,000 signatures on our petitions, which include people from all 50 states, 55 countries and of course New Yorkers. It is an issue whose time has come.
There are many reasons why 19th century horse drawn carriages do not belong on the crowded streets of NYC. I wonder why we are not a better, more compassionate people than to continue to allow these horses to be exploited for profit. Working between the confining shafts of their carriage for nine hours straight only to return to the confinement of a small stall with no opportunity for pasture time is inhumane.
“Compassionate Campaigners – how animal voters are shaping the 2008 presidential election” – is an opinion piece by Lewis Bollard published in the Harvard Crimson last year.
Bollard hits the nail on the head when he talks about the new electorate who care about animals, and how they see a politician’s attitude to animals as a broader reflection of his compassion and character. Bollard calls them news-savvy, socially integrated, and politically active. They are the people who sent over 300,000 e-mails to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell successfully urging him to drop convicted dog fighter Michael Vick from the league. They’re politically active, and willing to use their votes to protect the defenseless. So it comes as no surprise that there is such wide spread interest in the puppy for the Obama family – and not just any puppy - but it must be one from a shelter.
Times are changing and the paradigm is shifting. It is particularly sad that the City Council has not kept up with this trend and seems unable to do a decent job for animals.
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