Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Solidarity against horse-drawn carriages
Continuing the thread from the last post, about NY State Senator Tony Avella’s bill to prohibit horse-drawn cabs in NYC, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages announces news of a related event. On Saturday, June 4 – also Horses Without Carriages International Day -- Coalition members and other advocates will hold a press conference.
Scheduled for noon, the event will take place on the north/east side of Central Park South and Fifth Ave. Senator Avella will formally announce the bill, joined by Representative Linda Rosenthal, its sponsor in the State Assembly.
The event is intended to be a time for solidarity, according to the Coalition notice, which encourages everyone against horse-drawn carriages to attend. Legislators need to see there’s strong support for the bill, and they need to hear the same message from their constituents.
Amending the NYC Administrative Code, S5013 is essentially the same as the historic bill that then-Council Member Avella had introduced into the City Council in 2007.
Besides hoping all those committed to this issue will attend the press conference, the Coalition’s also looking for an experienced, reliable person who will donate time to videotape the entire event. If interested, contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
June 4 also marks one of two times annually for Coalition members to stand in solidarity for the horses with activists in other countries. Founded in 2008, Horses Without Carriages International is “a global coalition” made up of activists “whose common goal is to expose the injustice, cruelty, and inhumanity in the horse-drawn carriage tourism trade.”