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Big Turnover in the NYC Carriage Horse trade:  There is a turnover of approximately 71 carriage horses in the NYC tradeevery year.  Since 2005,  529 horses have been removed from the Department of Health rolls.  Some of them found homes, otherswere rescued but we believe many went on to the auctions where they were made available to kill buyers for purchase.  There has beenlittle accountability on the part of the owners.  

This is a new article on One Green Planet about this issue – with accompanying reports to substantiate these claims.       

Where do all the NYC Carriage Horses Go?    
by Elizabeth Forel - 5/31/13

Please read this and the reports below.  

THE 21 PAGE REPORT - NYC Carriage Horses  showing horse disposition based on DoH horse lists.  

Summary of Report   (DoH original documents below)

NOTE:  this information is copyrighted by the Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc.  If you would like to use it, we request that you e-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org for permission.  

The Department of Health  - already tried to change the law:  The most important flaw in the system is that the law does not require owners to reveal the names  of buyers when sold outside NYC as most are.  When a change in the law was suggested by the Department of Health, there was pressure and the suggestions were rescinded.  Click here for the the DoH’s intention to amend the existing regulations.  You will note many other suggestions  that were ignored also.  


Most people who support a ban on horse-drawn carriages are concerned about what will happen to the horses if there is a ban.  They think the horses will go to slaughter. 

While it is fair question to an extent, it is often  asked by people who do  not have any understanding of  how the NYC carriage horse trade operates -- people who try to challenge us as if we had not thought of this important issue.   

We would not have campaigned for a ban of the NYC carriage trade if we thought all the horses would go to slaughter.  

This is the  proposed legislation, which we drafted, outlining horse disposition when the trade shuts down -- specifically S 17-329 Disposition of licensed horse.  (CAPS is new text; strike through is deleted text.)  This does not happen now.   We also tried to get this bill passed in the City Council as a stand alone (Intro 670 in 2011) but it was killed by Speaker Christine Quinn.  

Because of the loophole in the law targeting horses sold outside NYC, more than 71 horses do not have their license renewed each year.  So any concern about horses going to slaughter if there is a ban should be redirected to the present status quo.  What happens to these horses now?

4.  Many rescues and individuals have contacted us saying that when the ban happens, they would like to take in some NYC carriage horses.  NY Class and the ASPCA also have a list.   Because no one knows when a ban will happen, out of respect for their privacy -- and because we do not "telegraph our punches" we will not publish this list.    


NOTE:  this information is copyrighted by the Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc.  If you would like to use it, we request that you e-mail us at coalition@banhdc.org for permission.  

Summary of Report

DoH Horse List - 4/24/13

DoH Horse List - 12/17/12

DoH Horse List - 4/30/12

DoH Horse List - 12/6/11

DoH Horse List  - 7/19/11

DoH Horse List - 9/4/09

DoH Horse List - 5/1/08

DoH Horse List - 9/1/07

DoH Horse List - 8/1/06

DoH Horse List - 10/31/05

DoH Horse List - 5/9/05

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


In memory of
Rescued former Boston carriage horse R.I.P. July 20, 2013

To honor
Bobby II Freedom
former NYC carriage horse previously known as Billy ID# 2873 rescued by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Equine Advocates on June 25, 2010 from the New Holland auctions.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
former NYC carriage horse previously known as Dada ID# 2711 R.I.P.August, 2007