HSUS backs plans to end New York carriage trade

Plans to end the New York carriage trade include plans to ensure the horses are humanely retired. Photo: Ingfbruno/Wikipedia
Plans to end the New York carriage trade include provisions to ensure the horses are humanely retired. Photo: Ingfbruno/Wikipedia

The Humane Society of the United States is backing plans by the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, to end the city’s carriage trade.

The society’s chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, writing in his blog, A Humane Nation, noted that just about all of New York’s major mayoral candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, including former New York Comptroller William Thompson, Jr, who conducted a high-profile audit of the industry in 2007, pledged to end the continued use of carriage horses in and around Central Park.

Pacelle said the society fully supported plans to phase out the carriages and replace them with eco-friendly antique replica cars.

He noted that the idea of banning the horse-drawn carriages,  used for sight-seeing in and around Central Park, has long been backed by the major animal welfare groups, including the humane society and the ASPCA.

“There have been dozens of documented accidents resulting in injuries and deaths of New York City’s carriage horses through the years,” Pacelle said.

“Horses may be easily spooked by vehicles or other loud noises and put themselves and others at risk by dashing into traffic.”

The change to eco-friendly antique replica cars would be a win-win solution that protected both jobs and the safety and welfare of horses and people in New York City, he said.

Pacelle said there were no laws protecting horses from being sent to slaughter after they were “spent” by the industry, so it was significant that the law change that would bring about the change also called for the immediate humane retirement of more than 200 carriage horses.

“The HSUS enthusiastically supports this provision and offers to provide life-long, direct care for some of the carriage horses at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, in Murchison, Texas.”

He continued: “There’s no need for horse-drawn carriages in New York City and there’s a plan to provide an alternative for tourists seeking tours of Central Park. There are inherent risks to the safety of horses and humans that cannot be solved with additional regulations. We enthusiastically back Mayor de Blasio’s effort.”

2 thoughts on “HSUS backs plans to end New York carriage trade

  • January 8, 2014 at 4:20 am

    As per the usual, Mr. Pacelle lies.

    There have been three carriage horses that have died as a result of collisions with traffic in the past 30 (that’s THIRTY) years: Chester (1985), Tony (1990) and Spotty (2006). There have been roughly a half dozen other carriage horses who have died while at work in the past 30 (that’s THIRTY) years – most notably Charlie who died of unknown causes in October 2011 (http://tinyurl.com/cwplyk2), Smoothie in 2007 (from head trauma and shock after spooking into a tree due to a snare drum), Juliet in 2007 (colic), Jackie in 1999 (electrocution thanks to ConEd and stray voltage).

    I am in no way minimizing the death of any horse, but this is a remarkable record. There is no other riding discipline that can come close – NONE.

    Dogs get run over in NYC – http://tinyurl.com/a4dygdk and http://tinyurl.com/kj7ltt7, let’s ban them, too! And pedestrians and cyclists while we’re at it! How dare they get in the way of cars!

    Speaking of cars, as Mr. Pacelle knows full well, there are no “electric vintage cars” – there isn’t even a prototype – nothing has changed since this was written in October 2011: http://nyti.ms/1dXL4aJ

    And “eco-friendly”? Not quite: “Electric cars may actually be more harmful to the environment than gas-powered vehicles, possibly invalidating the entire purpose of “green” cars, according to a recent study on the subject.” http://bit.ly/19Wtk0h

    As for the slaughter issue – the law would NOT protect the horses. You can write whatever you want into state law but it first, must pass constitutional muster, and second, be enforceable. The proposed law is neither of those things.

    In addition, Mr. Pacelle’s good friend, Ingrid Newkirk of PETA, supports horse slaughter: http://tinyurl.com/83tef56

    And where is this mythical “rescue” the anti-horse folks keep talking about? If they knew the first thing about horses they would know that horse rescues are full and desperate for funds to feed their herds.

    (As an aside, did you know that Mr. Pacelle’s other cohort, the ASPCA, donated over $450,000 between 2008-2011 to NYCLASS and that Ed Sayres, the former-CEO of the ASPCA is also co-founder and co-president of NYCLASS along with Steve Nislick?)

    Finally, a question for Mr. Pacelle – we know there are members of his staff who are insulin dependent diabetics, and, though it really is none of my business, it is clear Mr. Pacelle uses botox and the like, all of which are tested on animals – why is that okay but horse drawn carriages are not?

    “Machinery may work for efficiency and standardization of life, but horse love is a bond of freemasonry which unites the entire race…” William Fawcett http://bit.ly/Ktwcbf

  • January 8, 2014 at 7:25 am

    HSUS is NOT n the business of helping animals.

    You know all those heart rending adds on TV to “save the dogs/cats”. etc?
    I was told by an HSUS spokesperson that HSUS is NOT a “passthrough” organization.
    Translation: the money you give HSUS does NOT trickle down to the shelters where these animals are. Where does your money go, you may ask? To “programs” such as campaigns in our schools to make every kid a VEGAN.

    This is why the HSUS is up on Federal RICOH charges (racketeering). They are slick with their ads and information reporting (which is how they get a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator with so much of their money going to “programs”).

    They will tell you they “partner” with other groups- yes- they show up and take photos while the other group does all the work! Yes- I have proof.

    Do NOT support HSUS or believe any of it’s allegations.

    DO support your LOCAL shelters where these people care for the injured and unfortunate animals that come to them.

    One last thought: HSUS now supports Michael Vic to be a dog owner!! Need I say more?

    Investigate the HSUS for yourself.

    Personally, I don’t trust the entire organization.


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