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Carriage Horse Update

In our May-June 2010 issue we reported on efforts to abolish the horse-drawn carriage business in New York City—a longstanding tradition that many animal welfare advocates consider inhumane (“Trotting on Empty,” p. 10).

After that issue of Animal Sheltering went to press, the New York City Council adopted an industry-backed bill that increases the rates that carriage drivers may charge for rides and calls for some improvements in the way the horses are treated. The bill, which the council approved 43-4 and Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law in late April, mandates stalls that allow horses to lie down and requires that horses get five weeks off per year, among other provisions.

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