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Robyn L. -  January 30, 2009      

 Hi, my name is Robyn  and I live in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. I would like to say that I am proud to be an animal rights activist.  I'm here in support of a full ban on the carriage horse industry, Intro 658 and I oppose Intro 653-A. I can see the carriage horses moving in and out of traffic from my office window and I pass by them on my way to/from the subway. So I have a daily reminder of not only how the carriages are unsightly and foul-smelling, but of how our city streets are a highly dangerous mix for both people and the horses. 

Horses are prey animals that are easily spooked and possess extreme strength -- they do not belong in traffic or near pedestrians. How many more horrifying accidents will it take before the city council is convinced of this? I also want to stress that the carriage horse industry is inherently inhumane and thus incapable of reform. I'd like to reiterate the Gandhi quote Edita said earlier, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Our carriage horses are forced to endure throngs of people, loud, moving, traffic, exhaust fumes, standing in their own waste, and extreme weather conditions for hours on end every day – only to retire at night to cramped stables. Stables that keep them from laying down, tortuously depriving them of their REM sleep.  

Supporters of the industry speak of tradition and sentimentality, but this is clearly an exploitative one-sided relationship between us and the poor horses. And for what? Tourists will surely continue to flock to New York if the industry is banned, and meanwhile we can stand with cities such as London, Oxford, Las Vegas, Paris, Toronto and Beijing in banning this inhumane and cruel tradition.

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Horse-Drawn Carriages

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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