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Remembering Ryder the NYC Carriage Horse and a Call to Action to Ban to this Industry!  - Ryder was an elderly and frail 26 year old Standardbred NYC carriage horse who collapsed on the  sweltering summer streets in Manhattan in 2022. There was a bystander who recorded a video that  went viral on social media. Ryder looked very weak and was losing weight, and it is distressing to see the video as he was emancipated and a veterinarian suspected lymphoma, according to a spokeswoman  for the carriage industry. This heartbreaking video of Ryder’s horrible fall is an example of extreme  animal cruelty and has sparked a “call to action” with horse lovers and animal activists taking a stand  against this devastating tragedy and inhumane horse industry calling for a ban to horse carriages. After  this terrible accident, Ryder was finally allowed to retire and live out his remaining days in peace at a  farm sanctuary but sadly shortly after he arrived he collapsed and suffered a seizure and the decision  was made to euthanize him on October 17th.  Ryder’s death is not only heart tearing and sad but it is a reminder that horse a carriage does not belong on the streets and this is cruelty. We can take this tragedy and Ryder’s sad life and his  suffering as an opportunity for his legacy to live on and we can do something positive for horses! SIGN HERE TO HELP BAN HORSE CARRIAGE RIDES: https://www.nyclass.org/petition 1 Sarah Maslin Mir, “The Horse Who Reignited New York’s Carriage Ride Controversy Has Died,” The New York Times (October 2022), https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/17/nyregion/carriage-ride-horse-dead.html. 
INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RIGHTS DAY! LET’S GET INVOLVED. - Can you believe it’s November already? Time is passing so fast these days. Maybe it’s because the world is continuing to open up more and more or it’s just that life gets so busy that days seem like minutes. When thinking about the topic of this blog I thought about all the upcoming events for international animal […]
The Power of Pets and Giving Gratitude this Thanksgiving: It’s Adopt a Dog Month and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! - As we head into a new month we say goodbye to a month that taught me that thankfulness should not be taken for granted. As the world saw the death of Queen Elizabeth, I watched interviews of people reminiscing on times they came face-to-face with her majesty. I started to think about what I am […]
September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month - This month is the start of fall with new adventures; kids go back to school and adults back to work after dog days of summer vacations. But did you know September is also puppy mill awareness month and responsible dog ownership (aka guardianship) month? I prefer the term “pet parent” as most of you do […]