Please come to a press conference next Tuesday to announce a new bill that addresses NYC carriage horses going to auction. This is an issue that must get out to the public. It is the industry's dirty little secret.
Tuesday, September 20 · 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location NYC - City Hall
steps of City Hall, bounded on north by Chamber St., west by Broadway, east by Park Place
Intro 670 was recently introduced into the NY City Council - sponsors - Mark-Viverito, Mendez, Dromm, Rose, Chin. We are calling it Bobby's Bill, named after Bobby II Freedom, the carriage horse we rescued along with Equine Advocates last June 2010 from the kill auction in New Holland. He is pictured here.
Because of the 4-digit number on his left front hoof, Bobby was saved and is now living the good life at Equine Advocates' Sanctuary in Chatham, NY.
REASON FOR THE BILL:
Currently, records for horses sold outside NYC are not required by the Department of Health so it is not known where the majority of horses go. There is a high turnover in the trade - about 60-70 horses leave the business every year. The bill seeks to change that by requiring that the owners either sell or donate their horses to sanctuaries or individuals who sign an assurance the the horse will be kept as a companion animal and will not be sold into another carriage business or taken to auction where they can be purchased by kill buyers on their way to slaughter.
We believe many of these horse go to the auctions and then on to slaughter.
The industry is already up in arms about this bill because they claim they find homes for all of their horses. If so, then this bill will require confirmation of that claim.
We hope you will arrange your schedules to come to this very important event.
PS - We still obviously support a total ban of the industry - either the state bill - S5013 and A7748 or the NYC bill - Intro 86A, which will substitute electric cars. But in the meantime, let's save the horses.