Stalkers, Jail Time for selling your horse and more ....yes, about Carriage Horses
Just the latest in the ongoing struggle with the Carriage Horse industry in NYC. This was posted by "she who shall not be named on Facebook" but we can freely name her here, Elizabeth Forel from the Coalition To Ban Horse Drawn Carriages:
deBlasio has also told me in a personal conversation and others in a conference call that he will shut the horse carriages down; that his thinking has evolved and he realizes that it must not depend on the success of the electric cars.
These phantom electric cars are an untried, risky and expensive vanity project. They have been dangled in front of unsuspecting activists for years - by NY Class, Peta and the ASPCA - but a prototype has yet to be produced.
We have investigated this thoroughly and know it is dangerous to get caught up in this sham because it probably will not happen, will delay things, and will hurt the horses in the long run.
We cannot let that happen.
Yet NY Class continues to tell their supporters "The drivers have been offered the option of driving electric Horseless Carriages so they can keep their jobs. The carriage horses will be retired to loving sanctuaries and rescues. We have a long list of adopters ready and willing to take them." I say - what cars!? - and how will they take the horses if they do not own them?
The horses are privately owned. There is nothing in the existing law or proposed legislation that addresses taking the horses from the owners and finding homes for them. It has always been up to them. Even if they cooperate, they have every right to keep their horses or find a good home within the guidelines of the proposed bill. Yet once again, NY Class says "the carriage horses will be retired to loving sanctuaries and rescues. We have a long list of adopters ready and willing to take them."
The carriage trade likes to complain that their horses will be seized. Not true. Both NY Class and the carriage drivers are making it up as they go along to appeal to their supporters.
We would like to see an amendment to the existing bill Intro 92 that would provide jail time or hefty fines to owners if they do not abide by the law and find the right homes for their horses. It must be illegal to bring/sell the horses to dealers or directly to New Holland.
The drivers will not have much clout after the Bloomberg administration is finished. But they are digging in their heels and have threatened civil disobedience and law suits.
The driver/owners believe that just because they want the "industry" to continue that it should. It does not matter to them that they are in a time warp and the majority of New Yorkers want to see this industry hit the dustbins. Like selfish entitled children - prima donnas - they want what they want. Period. Instead of seeing the hand writing on the wall, where it has been for years and intelligently planning to move on to another career, they foolishly dug in their heels instead --
acting like bullies, viciously attacking us - calling us ageist, homophobic and racist remarks; setting activists up to get arrested by making false accusations; trying to get people fired from their jobs; reporting the organizations for anything they could make up - and always - the underlying theme is to call us liars; to defend everything they do - whether it is not reporting all they earn in their cash only business to parking a carriage horse over a steaming manhole cover. Their MO has always been that we are liars and do not know what we are talking about. This is an argument that is simply not viable. These are dangerous people and will not go quietly or gracefully.
I acknowledge that the owners are terrified of Steve Nislick/NY Class because he has money to burn and they see him as very powerful. Clout goes a long way. But it is no substitute for substance. NY Class recently posted this comment on their Facebook page "Hey carriage drivers - Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye!" This is childish, inappropriate and a dangerous, arrogant attitude -- but we have previously seen these kinds of low class comments coming from NY Class - whether on their Facebook page or on posters. They need to grow up and be honest. Money and free t-shirts only go so far. Substance and honesty is required now that the piper will soon need to be paid.
So for now - this is the situation. We know this will be a complicated transition. We are ready to address it in a mature, knowledgeable and competent way. The question is - is Mr. deBlasio - or will he feel obligated to NY Class and Mr. Nislick for spending a fortune to defeat Christine Quinn?
We hope not.
Bottom line is please think critically. Stay informed. Don't believe everything you hear, and always question. This will not be a walk in the park. DeBlasio promised us a ban - without cars. Let's see if he keeps that promise.