Protesting activists say NYC mayor went back on promise to ban carriage horses

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From: The Republic

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Photo by Helayne Seidman

NEW YORK — A group of New Yorkers are putting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s feet to the fire for what they say is reneging on his campaign promise to ban carriage horses.

They rallied Tuesday near the mayor’s Gracie Mansion home, saying he’s taken no action eight months into his term.

Brian Gari, a member of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, says the animals are getting hurt and spooked on streets and some spend nights standing in narrow stalls.

About two dozen activists lined up behind police barricades to the mournful sound of a bagpipe.

They say they worked hard to get de Blasio elected, and believed he’d act quickly against the carriage trade.

A call for comment from the mayor was not immediately returned.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
1 Comment
  • Maggie Frazier

    I do agree with these “activists” that the horses are not safe on the city streets and I think they would be so much safer if they were able to stay in the Parks where there isn’t so much traffic. BUT there are horses all over the country that “spend nights in straight stalls”! Every picture I’ve seen of the stables shows box stalls – not huge ones – but certainly big enough that they can lay down if they want. That said – lots of horses DONT lay down! Many sleep standing up (we all know this)! From the sound of these groups – not many are actual horse people that have had the opportunity to be around horses.

    August 28, 2014