NYCLASS statement on New York City's new horse carriage industry proposal: "After careful consideration of the legislation, we support its passage to help protect the carriage horses from traffic and cruelty. While we remain hopeful that the City Council will tweak it to include more humane temperature and age requirements, we urge the Council to adopt this bill. The Mayor and the Speaker have stood up for horses and we are ready to stand with them. We urge you all to join us at City Hall on Friday to make your support loud and clear."
Statement from the ASPCA: "As an organization that has advocated for horses for 150 years, we believe that using horses to pull tourists through congested city streets is unnatural, unnecessary and an undeniable strain on the horses' quality of life. We look forward to working with the mayor and City Council to improve the lives of carriage horses in New York City and we would welcome efforts to restrict the carriage horses to Central Park. We remain committed to working with rescue networks to find humane placement for any former carriage horses who will be retired and in need of a home."
Statement from The Humane Society of the United States: “The Humane Society of the United States supports the agreement to limit the use of horse-drawn carriages to the confines of Central Park and remove them from busy city streets shared by motor vehicles. The HSUS is committed to working with Mayor de Blasio, the City Council, and other stakeholders to ensure that conditions for these animals are improved and every horse has a safe, humane retirement.”
Statement from PETA: “Some of the worst cruelties the horses endure are the street traffic that spooks them and puts them at risk for accidents, and the cramped stalls that don’t allow them to stretch out after their grueling work. PETA would love to see these beasts of burden retired away from the city, but Mayor de Blasio is right that being out of traffic, in the park, and living in stalls in which they can lie down and rest is a truly significant improvement for the horses."
Statement from Animal Haven: "Animal Haven gives its support to legislation to move the carriage horses to Central Park and relieve them of the many dangers on our busy city streets. We urge the City Council to continue to work to make the bill as strong as possible to protect the animals. Animal Haven supports Mayor De Blasio and the Speaker as they continue to fight for the horses. We also stand with all the other animal welfare groups who want to see them living a better life in the city we call home."