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Ryder’s Law (Intro 573) is the answer.

Ryder’s Law (Intro 573), a NYC Council bill sponsored by Councilmember Robert Holden, will replace cruel horse carriages with modern electric carriages. In addition to ending horse abuse and deaths and making Manhattan streets safer for everyone, the legislation will also provide better jobs for drivers.

How to Take Action

New York Residents

Make one quick call/email to ask them to “Sign on as a co-sponsor to Intro 573 to replace suffering, dying carriage horses with cruelty-free electric 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 (718) 206-2068 and (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 Intro 573 to replace deadly, unsafe horse carriages with cruelty-free electric 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 Intro 573 (Ryder’s Law). 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 and horse deaths will keep happening over and over again. Electric carriages don’t get spooked or drop dead- but 2,000 pound terrified horses in cities do – endangering themselves, carriage drivers, and everyone else around them.

Ryder’s long-term neglect and abuse leading to his collapse and death is another wake up call for the City Council and Mayor to end this madness and bring New York in line with other global cities by shifting to abuse-free, electric-powered alternatives that ensure safer streets and provide drivers with better paying jobs. This is long, long overdue. Help us make history.

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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