Lots of folks are getting active to get justice for Juliet the Central Park carriage horse who died last Friday.
Edita Birnkrant, NYC Coordinator for Friends of Animals and a founding member of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, reports that the New York Times article on Juliet’s death contained many inaccuracies due to the fact that most of the information came from the carriage driver. Ms. Birnkrant says that a vet never arrived on the scene and advised the driver to beat the horse, as the article claims. In fact, the beating may have contributed to, or even caused, Juliet’s death.
The ASPCA is currently conducting an investigation to discover how and why Juiet died and if this is a case of criminal misconduct. The necropsy results are expected in a few days. Perhaps then we’ll have more answers.
Tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 21) PETA will host a protest of NYC’s carriage rides at City Hall. Activists will meet at Noon on Park Row between Spruce and Frankfort Streets. If you can attend, please call campaigner Matt Rice at 757-943-0340 and let him know you’re coming.