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FoA's Carriage-Horse Opposition Efforts in the Media

April 23, 2014 | Horse Carriages
  • May 2, 2014: "Horse-Drawn Carriage Protesters Allege Horse Was Mistreated" on NY News1--"And we want to know, where is Caesar?" said Edina Birnkrant of Friends of Animals. "This 22-year-old horse in ill health that he lied and worked when he shouldn't have been working, and now he's disappeared."
  • April 24, 2014: "Protest Planned After a Carriage Horse Named Spartacus Fell Near the Plaza Hotel" by Anna Merlan, Village Voice: "Friends of Animals New York director Edita Birnkrant says the incident highlights the need to push a ban bill quickly through the City Council: "'Had there been passengers in that carriage when the horse spooked and it fell over, they could have been badly injured."'


  • April 22, 2014:  Village Voice article by Anna Merlan.  '"The idea had always been to try to get better regulations for the horses,' explains Edita Birnkrant. She's the New York director for Friends of Animals, a national group that has always been involved in efforts to better regulate the carriage industry. In 2006 the animal-rights groups decided gentle reform just wasn't working. 'All of the efforts in the '80s and '90s didn't really amount to much for the horses,' Birnkrant says. 'We realized the need to form a concerted effort that focused on getting a ban, not just on improving and changing the regulations."'


  • April 22, 2014BBC World News TV report which aired worldwide, detailing our carriage horse ban support and includes an excerpt from our NY Director's interview with the reporter on Central Park South near the carriage horses."We cannot have this public face of animal cruelty as a tourist attraction."- FoA NY Director, Edita Birnkrant


  • April 21, 2014"Get the Facts Straight on Horse Carriage Industry" op-ed piece published in the Times Ledger written by Senator Tony Avella, FoA NY Director Edita Birnkrant, and the president of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, Elizabeth Forel


  • April 17, 2014: The New York Times publishes our letter to the editor about the need to ban the cruel carriage-horse industry as soon as possible. "We can’t change New York City to accommodate carriage horses humanely, but we can change the attitude that insists that horses remain our beasts of burden."


  • January 17, 2014: New York Times piece, "Who Speaks for the Carriage Horses?" "Edita Birnkrant, the New York director of Friends of Animals, likened the horses’ working conditions to prison. 'They are shackled into their carriages, pulling through streets of a chaotic unnatural environment and go back to their cells,' she said. 'They need the ability to graze and roam freely. They never get that in New York. They live a life of total confinement, day after day.”'



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