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It’s been nearly a decade since the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages launched its campaign, and the goal is beginning to be realized—to the relief of many New Yorkers and visitors to New York City.
The horse-drawn carriage ban bill was introduced into the City Council in December 2014. The legislation, Intro. 573, is in the Transportation Committee and cannot be voted on until an Environmental Assessment Study is completed.
The ban promised by Mayor de Blasio is getting closer, and many say it can’t happen soon enough.
“A ban of this inherently dangerous and inhumane trade is long overdue, and so we’re delighted that the legislation can finally move ahead,” said Elizabeth Forel, president and founder of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.
In the years since the Coalition launched its campaign in January 2006, in response to a horrific carriage accident that resulted in the death of a 5-year-old horse named Spotty, public support for a ban has remained strong and consistent, generally at least 75% of those polled.
Most news media’s editorial boards are opposed to the ban, and the Coalition believes it has something to do with it being a metaphor for the Mayor’s liberal agenda.
“The untruths and manipulations about this issue have saturated coverage and kept the real facts from the public,” said Forel, “but the facts point to the necessity of a ban.”