--Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA supports Intro. 658 to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.
Two-part Action Alert:
1) Familiarize yourself with the New York City Council and ask your Council member to cosponsor Intro. 658, the legislation introduced by Councilman Tony Avella.
2) Also ask him or her to NOT SUPPORT and to VOTE AGAINST Intro. 652 and Intro. 653, both industry bills, which would increases rates for drivers and advocate for costly and ineffective self-regulation of the industry, respectively. Intro. 653 offers "Band-Aid" measures such as more inspections and would create a situation in which a non-governmental agency (ie, a contractor with close ties to the industry) would have oversight, further complicating the quagmire that already exists--and at a high additional cost to taxpayers. As the ASPCA has noted, the industry needs more regulation, not less.
Intro. 653 is particularly worrisome, specifically the language describing the proposed inspections. They would be conducted "by authorized officers, veterinarians and employees of the department, and any persons designated by the commissioner."
Tip: Your letter sent by the U.S. Postal Service is said to have a far greater impact than email.