New York’s horse drawn carriage industry would be protected from elimination under a new bill introduced into that state’s legislature last week.
In May 2013, Allie Feldman, executive director of the nonprofit New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) called for a citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages on grounds that the carriages were inhumane. At that time, Feldman said 16 members of the New York city council would support a NYCLASS ordinance that would replace horse-drawn cabs with electric vintage-replica cars. In January, newly-elected New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said he would back any legislation that would ban the operation of horse-drawn carriages in the city. But any legislation to eliminate or limit the horse and carriage industry in New York City is remains pending, Feldman said.