Written by Michelle Kretzer
it is: the car that can save animals' lives:
New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and
Safe Streets (NYCLASS),
a group that has been working with PETA to free
the horses who are forced to pull carriages on New York City's streets,
commissioned a car designer to build a replica of a classic car that tourists
could ride in instead. The result is a charming Gatsby-era "horseless carriage"
inspired by the 1909
Pierce-Arrow and Packard. Designer Jason Wenig wanted people to feel
transported, so his model includes romantic features, such as a stereo system,
that aren't available in horse-drawn
carriages. The re-envisioned
classic car is also eco-friendly.
PETA, and the New York City Council members who agree that too many horses have already
died on New York's streets
are pushing the city to allow one of the cars to begin offering tours on a
trial basis. Israel
recently paved the way by banning "any vehicle drawn by an animal" from
operating on urban roads—the dangerous,
congested streets of New York City are no place for horse-drawn vehicles,
urge the entire City Council to support the use of these lifesaving cars.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: After this
latest tragic horse-drawn carriage accident, New York native Adrien Brody has thrown his support
behind PETA's campaign to get horses off New York City's streets. The Academy
Award–winning actor wrote to City Council Speaker
Christine Quinn on PETA's behalf urging her to adopt the proposed pilot program
to replace the carriages with eco-friendly replicas of classic cars. You can
read Adrien's letter here.
Originally posted August 19:
scary incident involving a horse occurred in Manhattan last week as Oreo, a horse forced to pull carriages around Central Park, panicked at the chaotic automotive traffic at Columbus
Circle and fled down Broadway, overturning the carriage, which contained the
driver and two passengers. Shocked onlookers—including Soledad O'Brien of CNN—watched as the carriage struck an object, splitting in two. Oreo was finally restrained
and tranquilized by the police.
In addition to the public danger that crashes like this pose,
as PETA has often pointed out in its campaign to help New York City's horses,
it's simply cruel to make horses pull heavy loads on hard pavement in all kinds
of weather, dodging loud traffic and inhaling exhaust fumes.
Navratilova, Pink, Kristen Johnston, and Lea Michele—have offered their support for PETA's campaign to get these anguished animals off
the mean streets of Gotham.
It's high time for the horse-drawn carriage industry to be
put out to pasture permanently. Please join PETA in asking City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support a bill seeking to replace the carriages with eco-friendly classic
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