NYC lawmaker proposes law banning 'barbaric' horse carriage industry: 'Free the horses'

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Ryder's Law News

Horse Carriage Industry,New York City,Councilmember Robert Holden

The legislation is named Ryder's Law after a horse who died after collapsing on a New York City street in 2022.

New York City Councilmember Robert Holden, D-District 30, on Thursday introduced new legislation to combat a “barbaric” trend in the city.

The legislation, called Ryder’s Law after a carriage horse who died in New York City in 2022, would ban the city’s horse carriage industry. In a press release, Holden condemned carriage horses, arguing the means of transportation is far outdated. "The horse carriage industry is a barbaric industry that in the 21st century needs to go away," Holden said. "With Ryder's Law, we will finally free the horses, dismantle this cruel industry, and support the drivers in finding new, sustainable employment. Their union has shown a blatant disregard for their welfare, and it's time we stepped in to provide them with the help they deserve.

Ryder's Law would protect horses from being forced to work amid sweltering summer temperatures and establish a workforce development program to help carriage drivers find other employment. The proposal follows*WARNING: The embedded video below contains visuals of animal cruelty.

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