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Mary Culpepper -  January 30, 2009      

My name is Mary Culpepper and I live in Manhattan. I am here on behalf of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, and I support Intro. 658—the bill that would ban them.

New York City’s poorly regulated horse-drawn carriage industry has been deemed inhumane by both the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States.

These and other leading animal protection organizations have stated that working conditions in New York’s horse-drawn carriage industry cannot be made safe for the horses.

This is primarily a consequence of the risk posed by heavy traffic in which the horses must travel daily.

Three of the stables are located in the West 30s and 40s.

The southernmost stable is on West 37th Street.

Equine veterinary experts and texts are in agreement that no horse is unspookable.

Most recently, spooking accidents have claimed the lives of Smoothie in 2007 and Spotty in 2006.

The 2006 accident also critically injured the carriage driver and injured two people in a station wagon.

This is consistent with a national carriage horse accident survey, which found 85 percent of all accidents were the result of the horse spooking; 70 percent of the time there was a human injury, and 22 percent of the time—a human death.

The survey also found that IN New York City—which has the highest carriage horse accident rate in the country, 98 percent of the horses who spooked became injured.

Horse-drawn carriages in 21st-century New York City are inhumane and pose unacceptable risks to the animals as well as public safety.

Furthermore, the carriage driver who was critically injured in the Spotty accident was described by family members as a complete “novice” around horses.

This does not support industry assertions of expertise; it does, however, support what is known about the ease of obtaining a license. I support a full ban on horse-drawn carriages.


King, Marcia, "Focus on the Reality," Advocate, Summer 1992   
"NY City: Have You No Pity?," Factsheet, Carriage Horse Action Committee, p.2.

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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