Sunday, August 30, 2009

Countdown to Democratic primary!

Vote for Tony Avella on September 15

Tony Avella introduced the landmark legislation that would ban New York City's inhumane horse-drawn carriage industry. He also has sponsored all manner of humane legislation, including the pets-in-housing bill (can you imagine not being able to have a pet?) Truly, he is the best friend that New York City animals have ever had.

Avella works tirelessly for our neighborhoods, something that surely can't be said of Bloomberg or Thompson. Their allegiances are to the real estate industry, not to the people of New York City. Avella is a fighter for small businesses that have been exploited mercilessly. He is a passionate advocate for fixing our broken education system, by empowering teachers and parents and by putting an end to "teaching to the test."

Do your neighbors know what Tony Avella has done for our city? Do the small businesses in your neighborhood? Now is the time to let them know that he has been championing their cause! Spread the word. People will likely be glad to hear from you that there is a meaningful choice. Make history on September 15. Vote in the Democratic primary for the progressive candidate, Tony Avella.

TAKE ACTION! Window and lawn signs are available from the Avella campaign! Request yours today. Contact Hema Patel, Field Director, Tony Avella for Mayor.
PHONE: 718-855-7035

Also see: Avella in the News (articles)
In Face-Off, Rivals Take on Bloomberg (NYTimes, Aug. 26, 2009; by David W. Chen)
Insurgent Candidate Fights Bloomberg (NYTimes, July 28, 2009; by David W. Chen)

Avella and Thompson Face Off in First NYC Mayoral Debate (Epoch Times; Aug. 27, 2009; by Joshua Philipp)
In his own words: Avella explains what separates him from Bloomberg
Can Thompson Overcome the Pension Fund Scandal Mess? (Daily News; Aug. 30, 2009; by Adam Lisberg)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Inhumane, dangerous, and irrelevant

Serious accidents, just waiting to happen
Substantial evidence has shown that when carriage horses spook, people are usually injured. No surprise, then, that the summer's news reports bear out these statistics. In a look at a few of the accidents involved horses who spooked, a full 80% of these accidents involved human injury. Spooking accidents are dangerous and sometimes deadly for horses and people. In Krakow, Poland, two accidents in two weeks involving terrified carriage horses left eight people injured, four of them seriously, including two teenage girls. Carriage driver Derek Heckler suffered a cracked skull and later died from his injuries resulting from a horse-spooking accident in San Francisco. In Santa Barbara, Calif., it was a snapped leather strap that apparently terrified a horse who then spooked and bolted during a parade, injuring numerous bystanders. A horse in San Antonio spooked twice in the same day, throwing a passenger from the carriage; no injuries were reported in that accident.
Related: Slow-moving conveyances are dangerous in rural areas and suburbs, too. In Clarion, Pa., an SUV smashed into a buggy, injuring 5 people and killing a horse; in Chester County, Pa., a car rear-ended a buggy, killing a woman and a horse and seriously injuring another person.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Managing to extinction

Take Action to stop the Bureau of Land Management unwise plan to remove as many as 70 horses from Cloud's herd in the Pryor Mountains. This ill-advised plan, which is scheduled to begin around September 1, will threaten the very existence of the herd and any genetic viability for future survival. The BLM apparently is ignoring all guidance from the public as well as from a noted equine geneticist.
The Cloud Foundation is asking for your help: "Call and email President Obama and Vice President Biden and tell them that you do not want a misguided agency destroying America's wild horses. Call 201-456-9000 or 202-456-1111, or write. Tell them to intervene on behalf of the Pryor Wild Horse Herd! The BLM appears to be on a rampage to manage wild horses to extinction."
Ginger has said that rounded-up horses could well end up in the hands of "kill buyers." Please take action to stop this ill-advised and reckless plan that is a consequence of bureaucratic mismanagement.
Also see a related video from Ginger Kathrens on the proposed roundup. Cloud and his family are at risk, along with dozens of others.