By Elizabeth Forel, President Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
The spin machine is in overdrive in New York City.
People should know how dangerous a carriage ride really is - and generally they do, don't they? It depends on where you live. If it's New York City, you're not getting the real story.
It's been almost 10 years since the horrific accident that killed Spotty. The scene, pictured above, was shocking, and the tragic accident was the impetus we needed to form the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and try to end this inhumane, exploitative and unsafe trade.
Now it's 2015, and we have made a lot of progress. There is a bill in the City Council, Intro 573. We have the support of Mayor de Blasio. Things are moving along.
However, the odds of your knowing the dangers of a carriage ride have shrunken dramatically in recent years, thanks to an anti-ban bias by news media with political axes to grind and to a carriage trade that refuses to take responsibility for accidents.
In stark contrast, a recent horse-spooking accident in St. Louis was reported accurately and fairly, and the carriage company acknowledged that a serious error was made. What happened in St. Louis has brought even more negative attention to New York City carriage trade. Let's look at the differences.