|NYCLASS held an emergency press conference outside the West Side Livery stable in Manhattan on June 2nd in response to the NY Post’s article detailing a city whistleblower’s disturbing photograph and account of hellish living conditions inside it, including horses living in tiny, cramped stalls surrounded by their own manure on concrete with inadequate bedding.
Coverage of NYCLASS press conference (more will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook accounts as they are released): http://pix11.com/2017/06/02/protesters-decry-horse-drawn-carriages-outside-nyc-stables/
We are calling on the Department of Health and the Mayor to launch immediate investigations into the abusive conditions that stable owners admit are just business as usual.
Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM, an equine veterinarian and carriage horse expert wrote a letter to the Dept of Health condemning the stable conditions pictured and pointed out that the horses get no pasture or areas to graze, stretch, roll, run, or socialize with other horses—they are trapped in their tiny, rancid stalls after pounding the pavement pulling carriages for 9+ hours. This is cruelty.
This comes on the heels of two other alarming incidents in May involving horses on city streets. On May 30th a horse named Goldie bolted from her stable and ran wild through midtown streets during rush hour, terrifying drivers and pedestrians. Videos of the frightening moments were shared with media. We are happy to report that Goldie was uninjured, though she was put right back into traffic the following day. Watch the CBS report including video of the runaway horse and NYCLASS’s response: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/30/carriage-horse-runs-through-hells-kitchen/
And on Mary 15th, two horses being ridden through morning midtown traffic spooked and a horse named Billy collapsed and crashed into a taxi, garnering widespread outrage and media coverage. NYCLASS was on the scene and was interviewed by CBS News: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/15/horse-incident-midtown/
The month of May has highlighted the misery and danger that carriage horses face both on the streets and in their stables. Horses have a highly developed flight drive and frighten easily, so forcing them into chaotic midtown Manhattan daily is a recipe for disaster.
NYCLASS is working hard to gain real protections for carriage horses and we are meeting with city officials in the coming weeks so stay tuned for updates and news.
Thank you for your continued support of NYCLASS. Horses deserve better and we are committed to ensuring that New York becomes a more humane and safe city for both two-legged and 4-legged residents.
Edita Binkrant, Executive Director
Jill Carnegie, Campaigns Director