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August 17, 2012

The HSUS Issues Statement in Wake of Accident Involving New York City Carriage Horse

 

The Humane Society of the United States’ New York State Director Brian Shapiro is issuing the following statement in response to news reports that a carriage horse in New York City was involved in an accident:

“This incident demonstrates how continuing to use carriage horses on our busy New York City streets puts the animals and the public at risk. While the injuries sustained were thankfully not too severe, other incidents over the years have resulted in carriage horses dying in the street, serious injuries to people, and major property damage. It is clear that cities and urban areas are dangerous and stressful conditions for horses to work and live in. The Humane Society of the United States urges the New York City Council to pass Intro. 86A, which would phase out horse carriages and replace them with eco-friendly antique replica cars. Passage of the law would also bolster the local tourist economy by giving carriage drivers priority in applying for the show car licenses—a win-win situation that protects both jobs and the safety and welfare of horses and people in New York City.”

For more information on The HSUS’ position on carriage horses, please visit our carriage horse page.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org.

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