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The Committee for Compassionate & Responsible Tourism was created in 2019 by Susan Wagner/Equine Advocates and Elizabeth Forel/The Coalition for NYC Animals—both having extensive experience with the NYC horse-drawn carriage issue and urban carriage horses.
We believe it is time for NYC to transition to electric carriages. There have been too many accidents and the conditions are not conducive to horses. But we know that any solution must include all stakeholders.
This is our statement in First Read City & State, July 18, 2022:
“The time has come to transition from urban carriage horse rides to electric carriages, but the Committee for Compassionate & Responsible Tourism understands that we won’t get there by demonizing the other side. Let’s turn the volume down and work together on an equitable solution.
This can be achieved in a way that promotes public safety, protects horses, preserves tradition, and expands good union jobs.
Learn how other cities have replaced urban horse carriages.“
It’s time to transition to electric ‘horseless’ carriages
This website was created to educate and provide information about the growing global movement to replace urban carriage horses in busy over-crowded cities with electric ‘horseless’ carriages.
This remarkable trend first began in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2017. Since then, it has spread to other cities around the world. After you watch our video based on interviews conducted during a trip to Guadalajara, please take the time to read more of the information on this website.
We hope the video and information we provide will help start a serious dialogue
about introducing electric ‘horseless’ carriages to New York City.
The people of Guadalajara are an inspiration and true pioneers. They proved to the world how sides that had differed for years could finally come together and establish a new progressive form of tourism that has greatly benefited everyone involved—including the horses.
We hope you become as excited and optimistic as we are about the prospect of New York City becoming the first city in the U.S. to transition to electric carriages. We will be updating this website regularly,
so please visit often and sign up for our eAlerts.
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ELECTRIC ‘HORSELESS’ CARRIAGES ~ THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE
These photos document just a few of the cities that have already made the transition from horse-drawn to electric carriages. We sincerely hope that New York will seriously consider making history by becoming the first city in the United States to begin transitioning to electric “horseless” carriages as it continues building back better for business and returning to normal following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It all started in Guadalajara.
Now it is a progressive world-wide movement sweeping the globe.
This report was written following a fact-finding mission to Guadalajara and combines our findings during that trip with some history and information about the New York City carriage horse trade.
THE CASE FOR NYC TRANSITIONING
from Horse-drawn Carriages to Electric ‘Horseless’ Carriages
Compassionate and responsible tourism is a concept that is increasingly gaining more attention, one that touches on both ethics and eco-tourism. It has come about largely because of a growing concern with the environment and our society’s sometimes deliberate, but also sometimes unintended and inadvertent, inhumane treatment of animals. The new awareness and approach have become part of an exciting global movement. Read more >
CITIES THAT HAVE BATTERY-OPERATED ELECTRIC
CARRIAGES OR VEHICLES,
OR ARE TRANSITIONING TO THEIR USE
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
CITIES THAT HAVE BANNED
Key West, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Melbourne, Australia (partial)
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Palm Beach, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Prague, Czech Republic
Salt Lake City, UT
CITIES WITH ACTIVE CAMPAIGNS
TO SHUT DOWN THE
URBAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE TRADE
Gili Islands, Indonesia
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Quebec City, Canada
St. Augustine, FL
St. Louis, MO
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
New York could become the first city in the United States to offer electric ‘horseless’ carriages under the auspices of compassionate and responsible tourism.
We hope NYC will take the lead as the first American city to bring this new, innovative electric carriage industry to the United States and set an example for other busy urban centers to do the same.