Last Thursday, protesters held a press conference and vigil for Smoothie, a NYC carriage horse who died on September 14.
Activists have been working for years to end the abusive carriage horse industry in NYC. The movement took a step forward at Thursday’s vigil, when NYC Council Member Tony Avella announced that he will sponsor legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages. This is the first time a politician has introduced legislation for a ban in NYC; other cities such as London, Paris and Toronto already have bans.
The vigil, organized by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Friends of Animals, also featured musician Nellie McKay. Go here to view footage. And tell your city council member to support the ban.