Save NYC Carriage Horses From Radical Animal Rights Activists

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Save NYC Carriage Horses From Radical Animal Rights Activists is a project of carriage horse supporter Jill Adamski.

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Animal rights supporters who approached my carriage horse: Please don’t pet my horse. No, I’ve never seen him bite someone and I did just let someone else pet him, but I heard what you said to him. Imagine walking up to someone’s baby carriage and whispering inside, “I’m so sorry that these are your parents. If I could, I would make sure you lived somewhere else. I’m working on figuring out a way to make sure you never see your family or home again.” Imagine walking up to someone’s dog on a leash and whispering, “I feel so bad for you. I would love to set you free and make sure you’re never with your owner again.” Now if you can see what’s wrong with those scenarios, you should be able to understand why I don’t want you speaking to my horse that way. My horse is proud of his job and he doesn’t want to be pitied. My horse doesn’t want to be anywhere else and enjoys the company of his driver. We work together in partnership nearly every day, earning each other’s trust, and developing something you will never understand. You don’t deserve to enjoy his company when you want to tear apart the bond I share with him. If my horse understood what you were saying, he wouldn’t want you to belittle animal abuse by calling the fulfilling life he lives one of cruelty. “Animal abuse/cruelty” has an actual definition, and it isn’t something you get to hold an opinion about. My horse is loved, well-fed, well-groomed, fit, healthy, comfortable, and at ease with his surroundings. At his stable he has all the hay he can eat and water he can drink, in a large protective stall lined with straw bedding where he can get his REM sleep lying down. He has pastures which he will return to for vacationing, equine veterinarian exams and farrier appointments scheduled, and people who care about him. He works under an extensive set of regulations, with far more benefits than the average human New Yorker has at their job. My horse doesn’t need the empty promises you offer him, he’s already got it made as NYC carriage horse.

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To the people who have been shouting “Free the horse!” at my horse and I when we drive by with his carriage lately: If he were “free” where would he be “free”? Who would trim his hooves when they grow out every month or so? Who would paint his hooves with hoof oil a few times a week to help them from becoming brittle and chipping? Who would groom his coat, mane, and tail each day to keep it the way it shines now? Who would give him his oats each day and take them away so he doesn’t get overweight eating them all, or colic from eating too much of them too fast? Who would make sure he had grass or hay every day, even throughout the winter when there’s snow on the ground? Who would make sure he got enough water through drought and winters when it freezes? Who would put a blanket on him in freezing temperatures or rain? Who would apply fly spray to him each day in the summer to keep the flies from biting and irritating him? Who would float (file) his teeth as they grew? Who would he nuzzle if he no longer had any people around him? Who would explain to him that the person he sees as his is never coming back? Who would care for the horses around him who kept him company and made sure they didn't hurt each other? Who would give him easy work to do to in a routine to keep him mentally stimulated? Who would teach him what he doesn’t need to fear and reassure him about the surroundings he finds himself unsure in? Who would be there to see him walk proud right by what used to unnerve him? Who would make sure he got enough exercise each day to keep him fit? Who would call the equine veterinarian if he fell ill or became injured? Who would give him vaccines to prevent disease every few months to a year? Who would apply ointments, clean any infections he may develop, and give him medicines when ill? Who would offer him shelter from harsh elements? Who would protect him from predators? Who would protect him from being rounded up by the BLM like the “wild” mustangs? Who would make sure he didn’t wind up at an auction with a kill buyer? If you imagined a person other than one he is earning a living for doing these things for him, where did you expect that person to get the money, time, and dedication?

Did you just have a death sentence out for my horse or after you pictured him frolicking in a non-existent magical world, did you not think at all after that? You had guts to show your ignorance about horses to a horse person, but you also showed your lack of compassion –for animals and those who care for them. This is why I shouted back that you needed to learn a lot more about horses before commenting on them. This is why I told you I’d recently returned from a safari drive where I saw how animals in the “wild” truly live and they are not “happier.” There was the antelope who didn’t know her life would end when faced with a leopard that night. There was the lion that rested during the day, exhausted and starving after a night where she failed to catch anything on her hunt. There was the zebra that continued to graze, bloody and wounded after surviving a predator’s attack. If you wouldn’t sentence your beloved house cat or pet dog to that fate, don’t threaten it upon my domesticated horse. He and his breed wouldn’t exist without this purpose humans have given him.

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"A horse drawn carriage passes through Central Park in New York city on Jan. 22, 2016. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a plan that would reduce the number of horses drawn carriages in the city and centralize the horses in Central Park, but the plan was met with resistance from a number of different interest groups on both sides of the issue and was abandoned.

E-mails recently released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appear to show a "pay to play" culture at New York City Hall.

Among those who had Mayor Bill DeBlasio's personal e-mail address were donors from an anti-carriage horse organization who were apparently not pleased that having spent large sums to help get DeBlasio elected, were not getting their money's worth. DeBlasio's replies to their e-mails often included references to having top aides look into their inquiries.

Wendy Neu is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Hugo Neu Corporation, a "privately held company with deep experience in investing, building and managing businesses in recycling, real estate and related industries," according to its website. Steve Nislick has served as Hugo Neu's chief financial officer since 2014. He retired as CEO of Edison Properties in 2012. Nislick is the founder of New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, Safe Streets (NYCLASS), a 501(c) 4 organization whose goal was to ban the New York City carriage horses and, originally, replace them with replica antique cars. Neu is a co-founder and serves on NYCLASS' board of directors. NYCLASS contributed heavily to DeBlasio's 2013 mayoral campaign, and DeBlasio vowed to ban the carriage horses on "day one" of his administration, Jan. 1, 2014.

On June 1, 2015, DeBlasio wrote to Neu, stating "Also want to make sure you start using my City Hall e-mail (cc'ed here) for all e-mails re: government topics from now on. Thanks."

On June 3, 2015, Neu wrote: "Mayor, I can appreciate how busy you both are and apologize for bothering you. However, we need to understand where we are in order to kick off our campaign. If something has changed we need to know immediately so we can respond to the press appropriately. Both Steve and I are in the office and can be reached anytime. Thank you, Wendy."

During the summer of 2015, NYCLASS was advocating for an anti-carriage horse bill to go to the City Council, but DeBlasio knew support in the council was not there.

Nislick sent an email with the subject line "carriage horses" to DeBlasio on June 24, 2015 at 7:27 a.m., stating, "Mayor, We have not heard from anyone in the administration?" Later that day, Neu writes: "Mayor, We have not heard from anyone. Wendy" At 6:26 p.m., Neu e-mails DeBlasio: "Steve and I just got off the phone with Marco. We are shocked that nothing has been done. We have no idea what to do next. Why?? Wendy. "Marco" apparently refers to Marco Carrion, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Community Affairs.

An e-mail to DeBlasio from Nislick at 6:40 p.m. states: "Mayor, we just got off the phone with Marco who said they have not been to get [sic] any additional votes and he does not know if it is going to happen I don't get it!! To tell this now after we just spent 500k is totally ridiculous and puts us in an impossible situation. We are very very upset!! Steve."

Nislick and Neu sent other messages to DeBlasio requesting a face to face meeting. However, in November, 2015, DeBlasio admitted the City Council votes were not there and stopped pursuing the carriage horse ban.

Neu and Nislick did not stop pursuing their goal. A Feb. 11, 2016 email to DeBlasio from Nislick states, "Dear Mayor, Wendy and I would greatly appreciate having a private meeting with just you. We will meet at your convenience wherever is best for you. It is very important for both of us to see you and in particular, for Wendy to hear from you what you see as the next steps. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks so much for helping the horses!! We both greatly appreciate it. Steve"

New York City carriage industry spokesperson Christina Hansen said, "These e-mails reveal that NYCLASS's Steve Nislick and Wendy Neu believed that their political donations and spending entitled them to exclusive access to the Mayor. Further, they indicate that NYCLASS's spending was intended as a 'quid pro quo' - they expected carriage ban legislation to be passed because they desired it. We always suspected this, but to see it in black and white on the page is shocking. It's outrageous that anti-horse millionaires had access to the Mayor's personal e-mail and cell phone contact, while working folks in the carriage industry could never even get the Mayor to visit a stable. Even though NYCLASS ultimately did not get what they paid for, the mere fact that they viewed political donations as buying a carriage ban should disqualify them from any further involvement in this issue."

Article: www.nj.com/horsenews/2017/08/e-mails_show_donors_expected_n.html
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Christina Hansen is a New York City carriage driver and a spokesperson for the carriage industry. She is a proud member of Teamsters Local 553.

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