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 […]

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 […]

Feeling Stressed this Summer? Adopt an Animal!

Did you know when surveyed the majority of North American people admitted to feeling stressed? Perhaps it is due to the pandemic or the rising cost of living. We can agree that these past few years have brought stresses we never could have imagined. Therefore, I compiled a list of reasons why adopting an animal could […]

Celebrate Animal Victories and Why It’s so Important!

There have been so many amazing animal victories lately. From major fashion houses going fur-free to animals being recognized in laws as sentient beings in countries like Spain and England. We have come a long way and there’s much more to come! When you hear victories like Dolce and Gabbana has stopped the use of […]

Happy Foster February!

Happy Foster February Friends! This month we are celebrating the amazing dog and cat foster parents who take in and love animals while they are waiting for their forever homes.  Why are foster homes so important when it comes to animals? I have compiled a list that might make you take the leap in becoming […]

The Importance of a plant-based diet on the planet

We all know the importance of a plant-based diet on animals, but did you know you could eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by switching to a plant-based lifestyle?  Raising and producing livestock for food accounts for three-quarters of 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The science is simple; reduce meat intake and we can significantly reduce […]

Adopt Don’t Shop this Holiday Season!

The holidays are a popular time for people to become pet parents and bring home a furry friend to become part of their family. Before doing so, it’s important to do some research and be patient. Find out what type of companion animal is most suited for your family and lifestyle. You will likely find your […]

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