Monday, July 28, 2008

Policing the industry

New York's finest must enforce the laws
New York Police Department officers have a mandate to enforce all laws, including those associated with the carriage horses. More often than not, however, NYPD officers choose not to enforce the laws around the welfare of the carriage horses.

When you see a horse in distress or suspect that a carriage driver is violating the law, make a complaint. Call the ASPCA at (212) 876-7700, extension 4450. It's helpful if you can provide the horse and the carriage identification numbers when making a complaint. Also, please notify the mayor's office at (212) 564-7757 about your concerns. There are a number of logistical challenges in this process, but authentic complaints will be investigated.

Be a voice for a horse. There aren't enough people looking after them.
Barbara, from Australia, spoke with me in June, near the hack line. She said: "The horses don't look healthy." Brandy and Steven, who moved to NYC from Paris, confirmed for us that horse-drawn carriages have long been banned in Paris--despite allegations to the contrary.

3 comments:

MichaleenFlynn said...

One more time:
LONDON-
driverguidetours.com/fullday
AND
www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/london/ho rses.shtml

PARIS-
manstouch.com/travel/horse-and-carriage.html
AND
www.viator.com/tours/Paris/Romantic-Horse-and -Carriage-Ri...
AND
http://www.dosomethingdifferent.com/experiences/horse_and_carriage_tour_through_paris

Beijing:
"The No.1 Waterfall in Beijing
...Train is available from Beijing North Station, get off at Shitanglu station and hire a taxi or a horse-drawn carriage."

Oh, and here are the cart horses in downtown Beijing:
flickr.com/photos/adr_q/2332499167/

and look at the lovely way they keep them!
flickr.com/photos/ericflexyourhead/431277128/

and here's a passenger carriage for hire:
flickr.com/photos/philipplaeubli/2583831980/

Frankly, I personally don't care a whit was is or isn't done in other cities.
As a NYer and an American, I dance to my own tune.
But I very much DO care about misinformation/hearsay/propaganda- and hoo-boy, you do deal in a lot of that stuff.

Mary Alice said...

Flynn, it is NOT true. London and Paris both have bans. In some small area, one carriage is allowed to operate, something like that. This has been around and around, and it is silly. China is a hell on earth for animals, pure and simple. Cats and dogs, horses, it doesn't matter. Any ban in Beijing was done to ease congestion.

What is true is that the NYC carriage horses look ill, and they are. Just this week I came across a post on a equine forum about some rescued NYC carriage horses that were emaciated and wormy; the owner was seeking health advice. Alas, this post was pulled down as soon as it got some "traffic."

And like other horses, including racehorses and those working at therapeutic riding centers, NYC carriage horses are viewed as tools. When they have outlived their usefulness, they find themselves on the way to slaughter.

By the way, Flynn, I hope you liked the post about your carriage driver colleague who let a 6-year-old take the reins.

Mary Alice said...

Hey Flynn, just for that, your comment doesn't get published. Just for what? Your prepubescent innocence that prevents you from seeking to know what goes in in China. It's my business, and it's your business.

I know you're pretty smart, too. If you don't want to know that dogs and cats are skinned alive for their fur, and that bales of cat fur are sitting in warehouses for export to the United States, then you have some catching up to do. And you think that I drank the Kool-Aid. In fact, there they think torture is good--that it brings the end-user strength, etc. So nothing wrong, in their view, with petting the dog before stabbing it inexpertly, then plunging it, still alive, into boiling water. You can watch the video.

It's probably best to work toward a strategy of ending inhumane transport of horses from the United States to Mexico, Canada, or Japan, for that matter.

Meanwhile, the New York City carriage horses look awful. Give the horses some water.

I'm fairly certain that it's a good idea for you not to reply.