So where do we go from here? There is sure to be more snow falling on New York City streets this winter.
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Contact your council member: If you have not contacted your Council Member yet to support Intro 573, the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, do so now.Call them. E-mails get deleted. Many are not aware of the constant disrespect for the law displayed by the carriage drivers who profess to "love their horses." Send them this article. You may find your council member by clicking here.
New York is a highly populated and congested city - not a back woods village with country roads and a population of 1,000. Allowing these dangerous contraptions on the street in this kind of weather is irresponsible on the part of the City.
They are supposed to protect the welfare of the populace.
And they are supposed to protect these horses.
Postscript: As I write this blog, it is snowing out - sleeting and icy. I called the Central Park Precinct and they told me that "Headquarters" ordered a suspension. This was about 5:30 pm. Then about 1/2 hour later, someone told me she was at the park with her dogs and the horses are still out. I called the officer back. He admitted that the police car just drives by and it is not clear even if the officer gets out of the car. I told him they have to go into the park just like the ASPCA did to track down the drivers who try to avoid them.
Yes it is a mess. And it will continue to be so until all interested parties take this animal exploitation, cruelty and public safety seriously.