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Friday, August 27, 2010

Ban Horse Drawn Carriages protest Aug. 28 post by Suzannah B. Troy

When:  Saturday, August 28th beginning at 2PM -
Where:  meet at Grand Army Plaza - corner of Central Park South and 5th Avenue. We will be walking to the hack line along Central Park South and  mostly targeting  the carriages from West Side Livery Stables (WSL).  

All the stables are bad but West Side Livery  is the worst and was the subject of an investigation by Animals Angels.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjV5TACuRLA.

In July, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages rescued Bobby, a WSL,cast off, from the slaughter auctions.  A NY Times article had the owners referring to him as "it."  
Recently we learned of another very old horse whose license was expiring at the end of August.  We tried to broker a deal between Catskill Animals Sanctuary and the same owners for them to take King,  another old horse.  We said we would pick up all costs.  While at first agreeing and even  notifying the NY Times writers of their intent, the owners eventually reneged out of spite for bad publicity over Bobby -- and we believe, pressure from the industry.  It would have been an opportunity for them to redeem themselves. But this is just stupid and spiteful. 

Now King - an old horse  in his mid/late 20s - who most likely does not have much time left is denied a forever home at Catskill where the high cost of his vet bills would not be a consideration. We do not know where he is going - it might be the auctions.  

Elizabeth Forel
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Horses Without Carriages International


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