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Wild horse debate gallops on

By William M. Welch, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES - The Obama administration's first try at resolving the debate over the wild horses of the West has not gone over well with some.

Animal rights groups say that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's proposal to relocate thousands of mustangs to preserves in the East and Midwest would compound years of federal mismanagement of the horses.

Submission to the Bureau of Land Management's Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, to be held 17 Nov. 2008 in Reno, Nevada.[1]

The Bureau of Land Management is charged with protecting some 60,000 free-roaming horses and burros on rangelands in 10 Western states. Yet, at the taxpayers' expense, it routinely rounds them up with the intent to pass them to private ownership. This policy has resulted in the accumulation of horses in the possession and care of the BLM and the question of what to do with them.

Brooklyn Accident Demonstrates the Need for a Citywide Ban on Horse-Drawn Carriages

Press Release from Council MemberTony Avella

For more information please call Tony Avella: 718-747-2137

Today, Council Member Tony Avella highlighted once again the need for a ban on the operation of horse-drawn carriages in New York City (Intro. #658) in light of yet another horse-drawn carriage accident. The latest mishap occurred in Brooklyn this past weekend when two horses pulling a wedding buggy became startled and proceeded to run wildly through the street, propelling the driver onto the windshield of a parked vehicle, stopping only after hitting a traffic pole.

CALL to Action: Reject U.S. Government Proposal to Shoot Horses

JULY 2008, DARIEN, CONN. -- Following the latest obnoxious proposal this month from the U.S. government to kill thousands of horses, the international animal advocacy organization Friends of Animals again calls for a full moratorium on the government-sanctioned round-ups, sales and slaughter of free-living horses.[1]

The federal Bureau of Land Management set out in helicopters and harassed and chased roughly half the western herd of mustangs -- a group numbering 30,000 -- into a corral. And now, the officials are proposing to start killing them.

Horse-and-Carriage Cruelty

The New York Times
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

In "Battling to Retain a Touch of the 19th Century" (Public Lives, April 4), you write of "healthy, happy, citified carriage horses," yet the A.S.P.C.A., the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which you call "the agency that polices the horse-and-carriage industry," now seeks to ban the industry from New York City.

Friends of Animals Valentine's Day Horse Rally Rouses New York

By Edita Birnkrant

The posters could be seen from afar, heart shaped, bright-red and bold, urging passersby:

horse carriage demonstrators
Showing strong support for a horse carriage ban

Give Horses a Valentine: Their Freedom

Have a Heart; Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

Don't Break Cupid's Heart; Say NO to Carriage Rides

Friends of Animals and Coalition Laud Avella's Stance on Horses, Look Forward to Future

Friends of Animals and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages thank New York City council member Tony Avella for the courageous and forward-thinking legislation that was formally introduced Tuesday, the 11th of December, at City Hall - Intro 658 "“ to end the custom of horse-drawn carriages in the city.

Historic Legislation To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages To Be Announced at City Hall Press Conference and Rally

New York City-Friends of Animals and supporters will gather on the steps of City Hall on Saturday, December 8th, at 12 noon for an historic press conference and rally at which New York City council member Tony Avella will announce the introduction of legislation that would ban horse-drawn carriages from Manhattan.

Campaign to Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles in NYC

Council Member Tony Avella Boosts Campaign to Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles in NYC

BOTH SIDES: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Tours Safe, Humane Or Mistreatment?

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The Hartford Courant

Courant Staff Writer

...."Recently, the state Office of Policy and Management gave Wethersfield a $25,000 grant to provide horse-drawn carriages in the town's historic district, slated to begin this fall. The project has been billed as a way to accentuate the rich heritage of Connecticut's "most ancient town." A more progressive perspective, however, would suggest that buggy rides are an exploitative and dangerous tradition that should be left in the history books.