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Sandy Claims Life of NYC Horse Advocate

Written by PETA | November 7, 2012

Our hearts have been saddened by the shocking news that Jessie Streich-Kest—who worked closely with PETA on campaigns to end the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City—was killed along with a friend by a falling tree in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park during Hurricane Sandy while walking her dog, Max, who is recovering from his injuries. Jessie was just 24 years old. PETA is paying tribute to her memory by adding her name to a leaf plaque on our Tree of Life. 

Jessie was a dedicated advocate for animals who served as a field organizer for NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets). She was outspoken about the need to shut down the horse-drawn carriage trade because of the miseries inflicted on the horses—including extreme weather, chaotic traffic, hard pavement, exhaust fumes, loud noises, inadequate care, and eventual slaughter—as well as the dangers to the public. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.

What You Can Do

Although our hearts mourn the loss of Jessie, PETA is more determined than ever to realize her goal of improving the lives of New York’s horses—and you can help. Please help us pay tribute to Jessie by urging City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support legislation to phase out the use of horse-drawn carriages in favor of humane, safe, and eco-friendly electric versions of classic cars.

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  • Nancy Sbragia says:

    Was in Vienna as a tourist and was on a bus. My sister and I observed where the horses/carriage got away from the driver. The carriage contained passengers. We saw the carriage and the two horses streaming down around the traffic and other carriages until the carriage overturned and one of the horses was impaled on a object. The scene was awful. Horses should not be around traffic. I will never utilize this form of transportation. Horses belong out of the city of New York.

  • deborah says:

    It is the least you can do in her memory,Christine Quinn.

  • David Weiner says:

    As a long time co-Labor activist with Ms. Streich-Kest’s aunt, Kate Poe, and as a decades-long vegetarian and vegan, I am proud to urge City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support legislation to phase out the use of horse-drawn carriages in favor of humane, safe, and eco-friendly electric versions of classic cars.

  • NYCLASS says:

    Jessie was a beautiful, wise soul. We miss her dearly.