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Ryder’s Law (Intro 967) is the answer.

Intro 967, also called Ryder’s Law, is a NYC Council bill sponsored by Council Member Robert Holden which will shut down cruel and unsafe horse-drawn carriages and make Manhattan streets safer for all.

How to Take Action

New York Residents

Make one quick call/email to ask them to “Sign on as a co-sponsor to Ryder’s Law (Intro 967) to ban cruel, deadly, and unsafe horse-drawn carriages. Make sure you tell them that you live in their district!

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Residents Outside of New York

Please call NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams at (212) 788-7210 or email her at SpeakerAdams@council.nyc.gov and politely ask her to “Please use your power as head of the NYC Council to end horse abuse by advancing and passing Ryder’s Law (Intro 967) to ban deadly, unsafe horse carriages”

Want to do more?

Please make a quick call to NYC Council Health Committee Chair, Lynn Schulman at (718) 544-8800 or (212) 788-6981 and politely ask her to “Please use your power as head of the Health Committee to END horse abuse by holding a hearing and passing Ryder’s Law (Intro 967) to shut down horse abuse. You can also email her office at District29@council.nyc.gov

Additional Talking Points for City Council

When horses are forced to pull carriages on the busy streets of Manhattan, violent crashes, horse deaths and human injuries or deaths are inevitable. Horses are prey animals who run out of control when frightened or spooked. This is a recipe for disaster in traffic-congested New York City. This is why many large cities around the world have already banned horse-drawn carriages.

There is well documented and industry-wide neglect and criminal animal abuse of carriage horses happening. A longtime carriage horse owner named Ian McKeever is currently being prosecuted for criminal animal cruelty by the Manhattan District Attorney for the abuse of Ryder, the elderly, sick horse who collapsed in Hell’s Kitchen and later died. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many elderly, injured and unwell horses pulling carriages every day in pain. It is time to end this cruelty.

Ryder’s Story

A sick, malnourished carriage horse named Ryder collapsed in Midtown August 10, and and suffered on the hot asphalt for over an hour with no veterinary care, as NYPD officers desperately hosed him off and covered him in ice until he was able to stand up. The horse’s driver and owner, Ian Mckeever forced Ryder to pull a carriage while clearly sick and suffering, and was filmed cruelly whipping and hitting
Ryder while he was down, to the outrage of onlookers.

Ryder died – killed by long-term neglect and criminal animal abuse by his owners in the NYC carriage industry. Ryder’s criminal animal abuse investigation is still ongoing, and we are hopeful that his abusers will be prosecuted.

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