The following is a statement from Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito on the efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. This statement was read at a Coalition for New York City Animals press conference on Saturday.
“It is of paramount importance that we bring an end to the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City both to protect the animals and the people with whom they share the roads. There have been several fatal collisions between carriages and cars during peak traffic times that illustrate a real cause for concern that must be addressed. I am delighted to be the co-sponsor of Intro 658-A with Council Member Tony Avella to prohibit horse drawn carriages in New York City and to ensure that each horse will be cared for humanely for the rest of its natural life. I thank the Friends of Animals coalition for their hard work in organizing this rally and I look forward to working together in the future to put an end to this harmful practice.”