Babyl swans and her mother in New York City.

Letitia “Tish” James love humans and animals, too!

Letitia “Tish” James is one of those rare politicians that do not just care about humans, but she also care about animals.

Vote for “Tish” for Public Advocate on October 1, 2013.
Letitia “Tish” James at the rally “Hands Around the Lake” in Prospect Park in 2011.
Vote for “Tish” for Public Advocate on October 1, 2013.

She was one of the few politicians that spoke against the extermination of Canada geese in NYC.

Mayor Bloomberg signed a contract with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kill the geese in the city. Christine Quinn and other politicians did nothing to stop the extermination of these beautiful birds.

Letitia James, said after the massacre of almost 400 geese in Prospect Park, “The City and Port Authority claim that aviation safety demands the birds be killed, but ignore the very fact that cities worldwide deal with the problem of birds near airports without exterminating them. The problem of birds colliding with engines is real, but can be dealt with by employing a range of methods, including radar detection, currently not in use in NYC’s airports.” She added, “Geese populations control can be addressed through a variety of preventive and non-lethal humane methods, such as Ovocontrol, which is a USDA-approved birth control drug for use in geese.”

Babyl swans and her mother in New York City.
A mother swan and her babies.
On October 1, vote for Letitia James for Public Advocate.

If elected, James will become the only woman to hold city-wide office in New York City and the first African American woman ever to do so.

Tomorrow is our big chance to elect Letitia James, a powerhouse progressive who has stood strong on our issues for many years, to the office of Public Advocate for New York City.

Letitia voted against Mayor Bloomberg’s third term, helped reform “Stop and Frisk” and ban racial/religious profiling by the NYPD, and cracked down on deceptive, anti-choice health centers that denied women the right to choose.

The public advocate is first in line to succeed the mayor if he or she becomes unable to serve. The advocate can also introduce legislation in the City Council and make appointments to boards and commissions.

This election will be close. In races like these every single vote matters. You and the people you know will decide this election.

Animals give life to parks, rivers and lakes. A place without animals is a dead place and you do not want to go to a dead park, lake or river, right?

We, Canada geese, swans, skunks, ducks, squirrels, cats, dogs, raccoons, and other animals, can coexist with humans.

Remember to tell your friends and family to vote with you for Letitia James for Public Advocate. Find your poll site here.

Animals of NYC thank you for voting for our friend, Letitia “Tish” James!

Canada geese in Brooklyn, New York City.
Canada geese in Brooklyn, New York City.
In 2010, Canada geese were exterminated in Prospect Park.
Another horse was injured in NYC

Another horse was injured in NYC (VIDEO).


On Thursday, September 26, 2013, a horse-drawn carriage driver heading up Eighth Avenue towards Columbus Circle Thursday morning lost control of his animal and flipped over sideways in the middle of traffic. The horse Chris, was taken back to Clinton Park Stables on W. 52nd St., where a vet examined him.

The accident came a day after the Department of Consumer Affairs accused Frank Luo, owner of Manhattan Carriage Co., of overcharging. Luo, 43, a licensed carriage driver since 1996, was also charged with operating a carriage for more than 12 hours in a 20-hour period, officials said. Read more here and here.

Another horse was injured in NYC
The horse Chris and Luo.
Photo: DNAinfo/Garth Burton

This was not the only injured horse in the last years. A horse was injured when its carriage collided with an SUV and a motorcycle near Columbus Circle in June, 2012. Two months later, a spooked horse bolted from its carriage into traffic where it sustained some injuries and the horse-drawn carriage’s two passengers and its driver were injured. They were treated at local hospitals.


In 2012, a six-year-old carriage horse named Oreo was spooked by a horn, broke free from his carriage and tore through dangerous NYC traffic for four blocks before being tranquilized and collapsing in front of horrified onlookers.

Animal right advocates want the horse-drawn carriages to be banned in “The Capital of the World”.

Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker and ex NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn disagree.

Two of the New York City mayoral candidates agree, the horse-drawn carriages should be banned in NYC.

Republican Joe Lhota said the carriages should be motorized. “People who come to New York who want the romantic ride through the park … will still be able to do it in the same carriage, just without a horse.”

“I have said for months and months and months that I believe we have to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City,” said Democrat Bill de Blasio.

Bill told Christina, a horse-drawn carriage driver, “I believe that the existence of the horse-carriage industry in this city is no longer appropriate. I don’t think it’s fair to animals. I don’t think it’s something necessary for this city. I think there is a good viable alternative, which is to have replica antique cars with electric motors that are clean and will provide tourists with a good experience and will provide the same people who now have horse carriages with an employment opportunity. So I do care deeply about making sure there are jobs for working people. … They’ll just be different and they’ll be more humane.”

Do you agree with them? Sign this petition by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages: “Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City – NYS bill needs support”.

Horse-drawn carriage in New York City.
“Witnesses saw the horse’s leg bloodied, and the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division confirmed to Friends of Animals that the horse suffered lacerations to his leg and was awaiting a veterinarian examination.”
Photo: Edita Birnkrant. New York Director at Friends of Animals.

Friends of Animals, say on its website “Never take a horse-drawn carriage ride in New York City or anywhere, and tell your friend and family to boycott industries that exploit animals as “entertainment.” Take a human-powered pedicab ride instead if you’re visiting New York City and want a tour of Central Park. New Yorkers can contact their state and local officials and urge them to support the ban on New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry.”