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Carriage horses work during “weather emergency” under ASPCA’s watch

February 1st, 2011 · 4 Comments


Carriage horses working during "weather emergency"

February 1, 2011

Pamela Corey DVM
Director of Equine Veterinary Services
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

Dear Dr. Corey:

In response to your message below, perhaps the following reasons explain why people around the country complain to the ASPCA about your handling of the carriage horses:

  1. The ASPCA is silent when your voice is needed the most.  At the Mayor’s public hearing on the carriage operator rate hike bill, Bloomberg stated, “The ASPCA has convinced me that the horses are treated humanely.”  Why weren’t you at that critical hearing in front of the cameras to correct him and to testify in support of a ban?  He could have vetoed the bill. (see video below).
  2. The ASPCA didn’t show up to NYC Council Member T0ny Avella’s  press conference announcing the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.  Why?  Because you were absent in the press at that critical moment, NYers were left with the misimpression that it was just a bunch of animal rights extremists who support of a ban.
  3. The ASPCA pulled out all the stops to preserve your industry oversight when a bill was being considered to take it away from you.  Why don’t you put that energy into fighting for a ban?
  4. The ASPCA wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars of your donors’ contributions on a lobbying firm that you ultimately fired instead of just using your board of directors, influence in the City, celebrity spokespeople and PR machine to publicly demand a ban.
  5. The ASPCA has fostered an environment where carriage operators are comfortable defying your authority and the law.   What, if anything, are the consequences for them?
  6. The ASPCA allows the industry to state to the press that the ASPCA has never issued a cruelty summons.   Could that possibly be true?
  7. The ASPCA continues to give the public the impression that you’re monitoring the industry and protecting the horses when, in fact, your presence is sporadic at best and your absence is palpable on weekends, when the horses are working the most.
  8. The ASPCA has publicly thanked Christine Quinn for pushing two marginal bills through the City Council at the expense of the carriage ban and other meaningful bills.

On a final note, why is the ASPCA hosting a party in Palm Beach with Georgina Bloomberg to “celebrate the ASPCA’s recent efforts in protecting horses from abuse and neglect” (see invitation below) when you have done so little to help and so much to hurt the abused horses in your own backyard?

Donny Moss

Blizzard of 2011 -- 19" of snow

On Feb 1, 2011, at 12:36 PM, wrote:

Since December 1st, New York City carriage operations have been suspended 12 times by ASPCA agents due to weather issues or cold temperatures (18 degrees in the winter.) The park drives are patrolled to evaluate safety of the surfaces and when icy or slippery, the horse  carriages are sent back to the stables.

No horses left their stables today, February 1st, due to the ASPCA’s suspension this morning, due to slippery roads.

Despite the fact that NYC Parks and NYPD officers, as well as inspectors from the city’s department of health and department of consumer affiars must enforce the laws regulating carriage horses, the ASPCA agents are the only ones that travel to Central Park to examine the road conditions and take the air temperature. Complaints to this department from around the country state that the ASPCA does nothing to protect the horses. Our continued monitoring of the park and response to complaints shows that this is not true.

thank you for your concern about the carriage horses, we share it.


Dr. Corey

Pamela Corey DVM
Director of Equine Veterinary Services
Humane Law Enforcement

424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

P; 212-876-7700 x 4496
F: 212-534-8888

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eileen Baldwin // Aug 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This kind of greed makes me so disgraced to be a part of our society..the face we represent to others ……!! The pure vileness of this so called ”TRADITION’ of ours….the blood money we make off not just these poor innocent creatures, but the danger to their drivers as well. What a despicable example we are to tourists and the world as a whole. I am so ashamed. My hearts aches for these once magnificant animals. Please God Bless your efforts, and may you be ceaseless in them, and wildly successful on the horses behalf….

  • 2 ASPCA admits lapse in judgment // Sep 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

    […] agents make us feel like we’re a nuisance. Given their hostility toward the advocates, their unwillingness to use their considerable power to support their position that horse-drawn carriages should be banned from NYC, and their […]

  • 3 Cindy Wines // Sep 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I cannot believe this archaic industry is still around. These poor horses are SLAVES to the tourists and to these drivers. Is there no justice for these horses that should be running around in the pasture, feeling the earth on their hooves, socializing with each other and rolling in the dirt?
    ASPCA is not standing up for the horses. We need to get PETA or In Defense of Animals in here to stand up for them and be a voice. Ban these horse drawn carriages. It is not the 1800’s anymore!!

  • 4 Jamie Reese // Sep 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Take these BEAUTIFUL and MAJESTIC HORSES OFF the streets of New York City NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME ON YOU BLOOMBERG and the ASPCA I will NEVER AGAIN donate money to you ASPCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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