NY City Carriage Horse Campaign
ASPCA KICKS OFF NEW YORK CITY CARRIAGE HORSE CAMPAIGN
The ASPCA will launch its 2000 New York City Carriage Horse Campaign this week with four days of advertisements in the New York Times, culminating in an August 24 press conference with Mary Tyler Moore on the steps of City Hall. "We consider carriage horses to be a holdover from another time," says Lisa Weisberg, ASPCA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. "The hard work and adverse living conditions that these animals endure are hidden beneath the facade of romance and nostalgia."
The campaign is part of the A's effort to introduce new legislation designed to strengthen the existing New York City carriage horse law. The major provisions of the proposed legislation include improved horse care and veterinary treatment; more humane working conditions; improved driver expertise; stable safety improvements; better record keeping; the establishment of a permanent advisory board; fare increases to compensate drivers/owners; strict enforcement by the various mandated city agencies and increased penalties for non-compliance. "At a bare minimum," adds Weisberg, "we call upon the City Council and the Mayor's office to endorse these sensible restrictions and changes to the current law."
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