Apparently the pros and cons about the New York horse-drawn carriages has gone full-tilt into the political arena. Mayoral candidates, Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota, have both pledged to ban horse-drawn carriages if elected. Lending his voice to remind them of their pledge and to stick with it is State Senator Tony Avella, D-Bayside.
Avella has been a long-time opponent. He said that Friday’s Manhattan carriage accident involving a spooking horse and a vehicle on 8th Avenue (near 58th) is a prime example of why any carriages on city streets should be banned.
Avella’s words are loud and clear. He said,
Enough is enough. How many more accidents, injuries and deaths is it going to take before we end this inhumane industry? This latest accident serves as a prime example that horses are easily excited by everyday occurrences in life. It is absolutely clear that the time has come to ban horse-drawn cabs in the city of New York.
He is reminding both parties’ mayoral candidates to honor their campaign pledges to institute a ban.
Avella has initiated legislation prohibiting carriage operation in the city. In addition, he’d like to see the humane relocation of the carriage horses once they are no longer used for rides.
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