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Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Horses Without Carriages International
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LOBBY DAY FOR THE BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE BILL - MAY 1, 2012
What you can do now in preparation to push for the Avella/Rosenthal bill
Lobby Day has been scheduled for May 1st in Albany. We will meet with our elected representatives regarding the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages - S5013 and A7748. Please look at the instructions from last week's newsletter by Clicking Here. Please get involved.
It is very important for the success of this bill to begin now to contact your representatives by making phone calls. Please make your calls if you have not yet done so. And please make arrangements to attend this event. Arrange to take a vacation day from work if that is possible. More information about what to expect will follow.
SUPPORT NY STATE BILL TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES
Please sign this petition
This petition has gone viral!!! We currently have almost 116,000 signatures in support of the state bill. So PLEASE sign it if you have not done so already and pass it on to friends and colleagues.Click Here to Sign Petition.
SIGN UP FOR THE BUS TO ALBANY
LoHV has arranged a bus at a great price
The League of Humane Voters has chartered a bus to leave from NYC on May 1st. It is only $20 - much cheaper than if you go on your own by bus or if you take a train. The bus holds 55 people; has a bathroom and takes about three hours to get to Albany. CLICK HERE TO PAY.
The bus will leave Manhattan at 8:00am, arrive in Albany before 11:00am; it will leave Albany at 3:00pm; to arrive back in Manhattan before 6:00pm. The departure location of the bus is still to be determined. It will be close to public transportation. I already bought my ticket - please buy yours before the bus fills up. Don't wait!! There are still a lot of details being worked out. Stay tuned.
LETTERS - MORE ON CARRIAGE HORSE ISSUE
Times-Ledger - 1/24/2012
Horse carriages are not glamorous -1/24/12 - In response to your Dec. 22-28 editorial "Avella: Pull on the Reins," I must agree with you for calling state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) "a fighter for the people."
But I could not disagree more by your defense of the horse-drawn carriage industry. There is nothing romantic about seeing horses work in all weather conditions and then have to trudge through traffic up to 2 miles to their West Side warehouses.
There is an easy solution to your concern for job loss: The carriage drivers whose life ambition is to ride tourists around Central Park can use their own blood, sweat and tears and ride pedicabs. - Mickey Kramer,
Upper East Side, Manhattan (see comments below the letter)
LETTERS - COMPASSION HAS NO RESTRICTIONS
Jewish Tribune - 1/24/2012
The letter below was written in response to this article in the Jewish Tribune in Canada. It is wonderfully written. I have bolded the part I like best that is very appropriate to the carriage horses. This is a link to the letters page.
In defence of animal rights
Rabbi Avi Shafran believes that we have to devalue humans to value animals. He writes,"The perverse overvaluing of animal lives swings in tandem with the devaluing of human life." But moral valuation is not a zero-sum game. It is not as though there are only so many rights to distribute, so that if we afford rights to some we have to take them away from others. I don't have to devalue my sons to value my daughters. Claiming that animals have rights does not mean that humans don't have rights or have fewer rights.
Rabbi Shafran writes, "We have obligations towards animals, to be sure. But assigning them 'rights' leads to obscenities like a book, Eternal Treblinka, that compares factory farming to Nazi concentration camps."
I think this misses the point. Dr Charles Patterson, who wrote this book, is making a point about moral psychology attributed notably to the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant: if we mistreat animals we diminish our human sympathy and are more likely to mistreat human beings. This actually emphasizes one of the important origins of antisemitism. Far from devaluing human life to promote animal life, the point is that the two go hand in hand. (Dr Patterson also wrote a very interesting book on Christian antisemitism.)
The proper attitude towards animal rights is to affirm that each species ought to be given rights according to the nature and capacities of the species. All species have the right to live and develop according to their own natures. This principle does not necessarily make one a vegetarian, but it is certainly incompatible with the way animals are horrible mistreated in factory farms.
Robert T. Hall,
Professor of Philosophy,
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico)
CHARLIE HORSE "DOG" TAGS FOR SALE
remember Charlie and help our organization
Charlie Horse died on October 23rd. He just dropped dead on W. 54th Street. While the cause of death remains unknown, his demise resonated with so many people throughout the world. Please remember him - the latest victim of this inhumane business.
Thanks to all of you who have purchased a Charlie Tag. Please Note: When you send in a donation, you must indicate that you want a Charlie tag. If you pay by check, write it in the memo section of the check. If by PayPal, please enter "Charlie Tag" where it asks for a description. If you sent in a donation, expecting a Charlie tag but did not receive one, please e-mail me at email@example.com and we will send one out.
This helps us to raise some needed funds and to remember Charlie. The tag reads:
The Horse Tag is shiny aluminum with a long chain. You can either wear it around your neck or put it on a key chain. We are asking $10, including postage. Please go to our donation page by clicking here. You can pay by check or use PayPal. Please indicate that it is for the Charlie Tag.
- 10-23-11 R.I.P.
- NEW YORK CITY
- CARRIAGE HORSE
HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
performed at Don't Tell Mama
Singer, song writer Brian Gari will be performing HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR as part of a collection of songs for his birthday show in February. This is a great opportunity and special treat to hear this song about the NYC carriage horse performed and to sit back and chill.
Reservations a must - call after 4PM - 212-757-0788; pay at door
- WHAT: Brian Gari Birthday Bash performance
- WHEN: Friday, February 17th at 7PM
- WHERE: DON'T TELL MAMA - 343 W. 46th St.
- ADMISSION: $10, + two drink minimum cash only, no credit cards
WAR HORSE FLYERING
Saturday at Lincoln Center
We handed out about 400 flyers to people exiting the play War Horse at Lincoln Center. It was an excellent opportunity to let people know about the bill in Albany to ban horse-drawn carriages. People were very receptive. The weather was excellent. Thanks to everyone who came out to help the horses. We may do this again next Saturday, February 4th. Check our website www.banhdc.org for an update. The whole process takes about 1/2 hour.
If you want to do this on your own, let me know and I will send you the file for the flyer. You can hand out flyers at any movie theater that is showing War Horse. Just check the time of the movie and how long it runs to gauge when it is over. Bring a friend. It is really an easy and fun thing to do.
BLINDERS THE MOVIE
Can you show it in your community?
Blinders: The Truth Behind the Tradition is a documentary about the NYC horse-drawn carriage business. It exposes the truth behind the tradition of this inhumane and unsafe trade. It won many awards, including the 2008 Genesis Award for best TV documentary. Donny Moss, the producer and director recently wrote a blog for Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings entitled
How Romantic are Horse-Drawn Carriages?
If you would like to show Blinders in your community in NYC or NY state, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donny Moss would be able to travel within NYC and most of Westchester County. If you live beyond that, please consider showing it yourself to a group of people. Appropriate places to show this documentary include libraries, large halls, churches - any where you are able to get a large group. (The picture is of a carriage accident, part of a wedding party in Brooklyn.)
REPORT HORSE INCIDENTS - IF YOU SEE SOMETHING - SAY SOMETHING
We need you. Be our eyes and ears
If you see a carriage horse incident, please notify email@example.com.
- Take pictures (crucial) - videos or stills
- Record exact location of accident - ex. - north/west corner of 60th St. and Broadway
- Get 4-digit license plate number from back of carriage
- Provide a narrative - description of what happened
- Note: Don't worry if you are not sure if what you saw was illegal. We will figure it out. The most important thing is to get the information to us.
You will help to make a difference for these horses. The media learned of six of the last seven accidents from us - the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. And we learned about it from you!! It makes sense that the DoH and ASPCA know about more -- we have requested this information from both the ASPCA and the DoH. The ASPCA has ignored the request. The DoH only admitted to knowing about three accidents, of which we were aware. The public has a right to know just how unsafe and inhumane this industry is. (Picture is of ASPCA car parked off 6th Avenue in the park on 12/24, but this is a common occurrence. The driver never got out of his warm car. There was no way he was able to monitor the carriage drivers. Outrageous.)
Yes we are on Twitter and Facebook -- please join us
We are also in the middle of getting our web site revamped so do not have links to Facebook and Twitter -- but we do have very active accounts. Both Facebook and Twitter are great complements to our weekly e-newsletter and we encourage you to participate with us. Are you on Twitter? If not -- it is easy to sign up. Click here. The Coalition tweets, and we've had a great response. This is a way to stay in touch with us, in real time. We encourage all to "follow" us on Twitter @BanHDCarriages. We'll keep you up to date about accidents, events, demonstrations, actions we'd like you to take, and other ways to help. The messages are short - only 140-characters maximum.
Our official Facebook page is No Walk in the Park. It is an open page and we invite you to "Like" us. We generally post news there as it comes in. We have another page called Horses Without Carriages International, which is tied in with our international coalition.
HELP OUR ORGANIZATION BY SHOPPING ON LINE
Also check out Cafe Press to purchase CBHDC merchandise
Through a free registration with iGive, when you buy merchandise on line, your purchase will help us. There are over 700 stores that include such popular ones as Amazon.com, Staples, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble. Even Cafe Press is available if you purchase some of our merchandise. Click here to get started.
On I-Give - the name of our organization is "The Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. ." We also have three stores on Cafe Press with great t-shirts, bags, hats, mugs, mouse pads, etc. . Purchasing this merchandise helps our organization. Click here.
"Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can change the
world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever
has." Margaret Mead.