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Activists pressure lawmakers to ban horse-drawn carriages

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Animal rights activists lobbied City Council members who are undecided on banning horse carriages in New York City.  and NYCLASS brought with them a tourist from Oklahoma who took pictures of a carriage horse who fell on Fifth Avenue last week. Stefanie Sinclair and her boyfriend Roger Curlik say the horse Spartacus was mistreated by the carriage drivers after falling. Stefanie says she rode horses growing up.

But the carriage drivers say a fallen horse should not be allowed to stand immediately. It needs to be removed from the harness first.

Spartacus was not injured, and the next day got a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. A director from the New York State Horse Council says the carriage drivers followed proper procedure not to cut the horse free.

Sinclair says a bus spooked the horse, but the carriage owners present say there was no bus and that another horse caused the accident.

Most of the City Council members are undecided and hope to keep carriage drivers jobs and keep the horses safe.

In another case, one carriage driver has been accused of misidentifying an old horse so he could work it longer. PETA says that is proof carriage drivers don't care for their horses. The teamsters representing the carriage drivers say if true the driver should be prosecuted but most drivers care for their horses like children.

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