Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Catalina » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:44 am

Central Park and horse-drawn carriages go together just fine, and are a wonderful thing to preserve.
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:49 pm

The latest news has de Blasio backing off on seeking the ban until the end of the year, at least.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hor ... -1.1754825
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby gravano » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:33 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/opini ... -park.html

Liam Neeson takes his case to the Times. You're screwed de Blasio!

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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Blue Jeans » Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:25 pm

The recent runaway carriage horse in downtown Savannah didn't help matters any! I'm just south of Savannah, so this video is not new to me, but it might be to others.

http://www.wspa.com/story/25257388/runa ... n-savannah

http://www.wsav.com/story/25242109/deve ... n-accident

Earlier this spring, Paula Deen suddenly closed her brother's Bubba's Oyster House restaurant on Whitemarsh Island ... and now a runaway carriage horse to frighten the visitors away from downtown Savannah ... spells trouble for the local Chamber of Commerce.

Oh, and to top it off! The Budweiser Clydesdales didn't show up for this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which happens to be the main reason most folks attend that gala event. :(
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Plenilune » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:20 pm

Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

http://news.yahoo.com/whoa-nyc-carriage ... 24214.html

"The next blow came when a series of city unions — who usually are de Blasio's staunchest allies — broke with the mayor, urging him to reconsider his decision in order to save not only the industry's hundreds of jobs but a profitable source of tourism."

"New York's Daily News launched a front-page campaign called "Save our Horses" that filled its pages with pro-carriage stories and an online petition that has recorded more than 11,000 signatures."

Glad to see the push-back!
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:03 pm

Interesting photo series from Yahoo on the Central Park carriage horses.
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/central-pa ... slideshow/
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Blue Jeans » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:41 am

Yikes! It happened again on Tuesday of this week in downtown Charleston! :(

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/25313008/ ... o-accident


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A day after what police described as a spooked horse ran free down Market Street and crashed into a building, a carriage company's operations manager explained what led to the incident.

According to Benjamin Doyle, the operations manager at Palmetto Carriage Company, the horse was drinking water from a large trash can before going out on tour. The trash can is used by Charleston Carriage Works to hold water and is kept at the loading area where passengers get on and off the carriages.

"The horse bent his head down and hooked his bridle in the trash can, pulled the bridle up over his head just enough to release the bit and drop the blinders," Doyle said.

Doyle says the horse equates losing the blinders and bit with freedom because that's how they end their day.

It was made worse, he said, because the carriage comes into view and the horse is not used to seeing what is behind him.

"They're agitated because the equipment is shifted and it's a very quick panic," he said.

Doyle said the driver of the carriage did a great job Tuesday trying to keep the passengers safe, but added she was pretty helpless without the bit in the horse's mouth to control it.

There was a little bit of damage to the market building, but the city market's assistant director Lee Gilliard said they are working with the businesses in the market and insurance to make sure everything is fixed.

"We estimate right now it's probably no more than $!,000 or so. We'll go through the proper steps getting the estimates," Gilliard said.

Gilliard said the accident happened as vendors were closing up for the day, adding that everyone with the city is glad that no one was walking outside the building at the time of the incident.

There were three people on the carriage at the time of the accident, police said. They and one other person standing in the market had a few cuts and bruises, but there were no serious injuries.

Shortly after the accident, a Facebook page named "Stop Charleston Carriage Rides" was formed. It's headed by Sarah Swingle.

"Our main concern is the safety of the public and the horses because carriage accidents like the one that happened [Tuesday] do happen, no matter how careful the drivers are because those horses are easily spooked, and that's not something that can be trained out of them," she said.

Swingle says she would like to see the carriage rides end immediately. She hopes the Facebook page will start the talks on banning horse-drawn carriages, much like the ban being discussed in New York City.

Others, like taxi driver Reynolds Pommering, says he errs on the side of caution and always yields to the horses.

"Don't do anything sudden. If that horse seems like he wants to turn right or left to go in front of you, just hit the brakes, stop, and let them go," he said.

Officials at Charleston Carriage Works released a statement saying they would examine their practices to see waht they could do differently to ensure safety. The owner said the horse involved in the accident was not injured.<
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby gravano » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:46 am

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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Blue Jeans » Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:55 am

gravano wrote:The cover of the New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/c ... ide_ss_0=1


They're better off sticking to 'dog cartoons', huh? :lol:

From wiki:
>The most reprinted [cartoon] is Peter Steiner's 1993 drawing of two dogs at a computer, with one saying, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog". According to Mankoff, Steiner and the magazine have split more than $100,000 in fees paid for the licensing and reprinting of this single cartoon, with more than half going to Steiner.<

Oh, and as if we didn't know, even if it took them almost 80 years .... :roll:

From wiki:
>In its November 1, 2004 issue, the magazine for the first time [magazine debuted Feb. 1925] endorsed a president candidate, choosing to endorse John Kerry over George W. Bush. This was continued in 2008 when the magazine endorsed Barack Obama over John McCain, and in 2012 when it endorsed Obama over Mitt Romney.<
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Re: Liam Neeson defends NYC Carriage Horse industry

Postby Kelly Kip » Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:02 pm

Story about an incident on Thursday, which the media totally got wrong.

http://www.bedlamfarm.com/2014/04/25/th ... is-abused/
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