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Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 14:58:52 in Green

“Unfortunately, the ASPCA could not always be there to monitor the industry. They have very few officers. And now that the (largely untrained and unprepared) NYPD has taken over the job of responding to animal abuse and neglect, no one knows what will happen.”
Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 14:55:21 in Green

“Vice-versa. It's insanity to keep them on the crowded, chaotic, congested streets. They're "loved and cherished?" You mean, they are exploited by selfish people. These horses, many of them former draft or racehorses, doing a second lifetime of work for man, work 9 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all temperature extremes, with very minimal restrictions and no consideration for wind-chill or humidity. They get no turnout time, and often don’t get a drop of water in winter, when the troughs freeze solid. And when they are no longer "useful" they are sometimes sold at auction and end up dying horrifically painful deaths in slaughterhouses. Request a list of the disposition of the hundreds of horses who have disappeared through the years. You won't get one.”
Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Man Demonstrates The Worst Way To Support New York's Horse Carriage Industry

Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 14:48:22 in Green

“Yes, horses were a part of this city back then ... because that was the main mode of transportation! That was before the advent of the automobile. This should be obvious, but since then, with the exponential increase in industrialization, population, traffic congestion, etc., it has become increasingly ridiculous to keep horses - who are prey animals and spook easily - on the streets with cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians.”
Babyccinos, Espresso For Kids, A Popular Choice For Brooklyn Parents

Babyccinos, Espresso For Kids, A Popular Choice For Brooklyn Parents

Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 09:21:53 in New York

“Why stop at coffee? Why not make baby lingerie, baby non-alcoholic beer, and baby non-nicotinic cigarettes? And any other adult item small, decadent yuppie minds can come up with to prevent kids from enjoying their childhood, and make them more like wonderful “us,” the so-called adults?

Rina Deych, RN”

jst1219 on Jun 10, 2012 at 11:40:57

“Back in the 1950's and 60's they MADE candy cigarettes for kids... and bubble gum cigars....I started drinking coffee almost daily with my from the old country grandmother (who lived downstairs from us in HER apartment building) when I was probably three or four.. the ratio of coffee to milk making it darker over the years. I'm 62 now.. it didn't kill me... so get over it...”

kristeana on Feb 21, 2012 at 15:48:12

“exactly!”
Ban On Carriage Horses Gains Momentum

Ban On Carriage Horses Gains Momentum

Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 15:11:12 in New York

“These horses work up to 7 hours per day, 9 days a week, in all temperature extremes, with no consideration for wind-chill factor. Many of them former draft or race horses, they are often doing a second lifetime of work for man. If they don't drop dead of illness, accidents, or sheer exhaustion, many are sold at auction where some will end up in slaughterhouses, where they will be brutally and painfully killed. Bobby, a "retired" carriage horse was rescued from slaughter last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJzIlFQaTuU

This is an abusive, exploitative industry that should have been banned decades ago. Horses don't belong in congested NYC traffic, period.

Rina Deych, RN”

Josh Noone on Dec 13, 2011 at 16:41:03

“Former Draft horse? What does that even mean? USed to be a draft horse? What are they now? Former race horses? I'd like to see just how many Thoroughbred horses you've seen hooked up to a carriage.

Anyway that aside, wind chill? If its too cold for horses they wont use them. After all no one is going to take a ride in a wagon if its 30 bellow zero.

Dropping dead from exhaustion? Draft horses were bread to pull MANY MANY times their weight. Those carriages weight about what the horses do, maybe a bit more. They roll with ease. You could move one around. In nature horses roam 30-50 miles per DAY. In NYC I doubt they put on 10 miles. Your arguments are flawed. Traffic? Traffic is supposed to yield to horses, just like bikes. I bet you far, far more people die or are hurt on bicycles than horses are injured on a monthly basis. Please you have no concept of what these animals are. They arent foo-foo wully puppies. They are horses. Work is in their blood thats what they do. NYC carriage driving is a peace of cake for these guys compared to most things. -FACT”
The War Horses of New York City

The War Horses of New York City

Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 08:59:12 in New York

“Thank you for an excellent article. This abusive, archaic industry must be banned, period.”
Traditional Yom Kippur Chicken Slaughter In Orthodox Community Causes Controversy (VIDEO)

Traditional Yom Kippur Chicken Slaughter In Orthodox Community Causes Controversy (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 16:00:35 in New York

“This ritual is not mandated in the Torah. It is only a custom that came about during the Middle Ages and is believed to be taken from Pagan customs. It wasn't until 1563 that it was written down in Shulchan Aruch, where it is mentioned that money can be used, instead of a chicken. It's a controversial custom, that many great sages opposed on multiple grounds. My grandfather, an ultra-orthodox kosher butcher (one of the first in Boro Park, Brooklyn, in the 1920s) was opposed to using chickens in the ritual because he said it had nothing to do with Judaism. Rina Deych, RN”
Porn Star Raul Armenteros Arrested For Having Car Filled With Animals

Porn Star Raul Armenteros Arrested For Having Car Filled With Animals

Commented Jul 19, 2011 at 06:13:43 in Weird News

“I'm so glad they were caught! I hope they end up in a prison cell with a bunch of guys MUCH bigger than them who happen to love animals.”

EmboldenedOlden on Jul 19, 2011 at 12:26:22

“It would be hard to find someone much *bigger* than Armenteros...(You'd have to see it to believe it). haha.”

European1919 on Jul 19, 2011 at 06:35:52

“Even better if they love porn actors arses.”
Andrew David Thompson, Michigan State University Student, Says He Killed 13 Italian Greyhounds Because He Was 'Frustrated'

Andrew David Thompson, Michigan State University Student, Says He Killed 13 Italian Greyhounds Because He Was 'Frustrated'

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 23:02:15 in College

“Horrifying. This monster needs to be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. I hope he winds up in a prison cell with a guy twice his size who just happens to be an animal lover.”
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An Open Letter to Gary Conklin and the Workers of the Conklin Dairy Farm

Commented Jun 7, 2010 at 20:49:47 in Home

“We are not the ones who are reading (and believing) the fairytales. It's people like you, Vickster, who are the ones who swallow whole the excrement that is heaped upon them by the meat and dairy industry.

Rina Deych, RN
Vegan Nurse
NYC”

Cardhu1 on Jun 8, 2010 at 06:10:08

“You and the posters like you have yet to post anything beyond propaganda and dogma.

The posters like you chant the mantras of "exploitive," "abusive," and "cruel" while projecting horrid fantasies of civil rights slayings for pets onto the other 99.1% of the American population.

Vegans are outnumbered 110 to 1 by people who reject these extreme mischaracterizations, ignore the lurid vegan morality, and just go on living their lives. In those lives, they have no logical or emotional problems distinguishing between animals who are food and those who are not.

That is why groups like Negotiation Is Over and terrorists in PETA, ALF, and ELF advocate extreme resorts to direct violence against their own species - other people.

If you have a diet for yourself, great, enjoy it. No-one here is trying to tell you that you can't enjoy what you like.

That kind of haughty arrogance is something you and posters like you presume to reserve for yourselves.”

Vickster on Jun 8, 2010 at 00:10:22

“Yeah, yeah... Come back and tell me that when you start chewing cud.

Vicki
Goatherd, shepherd, gardener and breeder of rare cichlids
The Michigan Hinterlands”
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An Open Letter to Gary Conklin and the Workers of the Conklin Dairy Farm

Commented Jun 7, 2010 at 20:34:54 in Home

“There is a mountain of evidence that a vegan diet is far healthier, and that (in fact) our bodies are more like herbivorous than carnivorous animals.

Rina Deych
Vegan Nurse”

Cardhu1 on Jun 11, 2010 at 19:00:55

“Please show us your "mountain of evidence" in published professional medical journals.”

Vickster on Jun 7, 2010 at 21:04:43

“Most herbivores are ruminents (cattle, sheep, goats, deer and so on). Ruminents have multi-chamber stomachs, the rumen being the one that produces cud. They can synthesize Vitamin B12 and turn an inferior protein (such as grass) into a superior protein. They also have no upper-front teeth. So tell me once again how we are more like herbivores than carnivores?

All herbivores can digest grass and tree leaves. So can some omnivores. We are not one of those omnivores.

Likewise, you're wrong about that "mountain of evidence".”
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An Open Letter to Gary Conklin and the Workers of the Conklin Dairy Farm

Commented Jun 7, 2010 at 20:29:12 in Home

“Kudos to Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest for their thoughtful letter to the waste of human protoplasm who allowed his cows and calves to be tortured. I hope this incident makes Ms. Curtis and Mr. Guest look more closely at the dairy industry, as whole, which by its very nature is abusive.

Rina Deych, RN
NYC”
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The Harsh Reality for New York Carriage Horses

Commented May 14, 2010 at 06:59:13 in New York

“That's wonderful, but you must admit this is the EXCEPTION and not the rule. Where do MOST of the "retired" horses end up?”

frankie1159 on May 14, 2010 at 16:05:10

“The above is not just an exception...I have 2 retired carriage horses & I know others who do also.

So I gotta ask- is yours a serious question? Because every industry that has horses, from racing, to rodeo, to breeding & showing retires the horse at some point...so why single out the carriage horse? Where are they ALL going for retirement? And why aren't people arguing that as a whole instead of attacking only "carriage horses?" The slaughterhouses are FULL of horses, PERIOD. It does not discriminate...”

michaleenflynn on May 14, 2010 at 09:03:50

“No, rrrina, I don't have to "admit" this, because it's not true.

Several owners have their OWN land where the horses are retired; the NY Humane Assoc. has a Carriage Horse Adoption program; the rest of us network to find homes.

How on earth could you think you possibly know more about where our horses go than I do??”

felixthecat on May 14, 2010 at 08:39:28

“in slaughter.”
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The Harsh Reality for New York Carriage Horses

Commented May 14, 2010 at 06:53:25 in New York

“I am sickened by the passage of Intro 35A. Are the City Council members unconscious? The carriage horse industry in NYC is an abomination. Even if there was a way (which there isn't) to monitor the industry's compliance with the "new regulations" it wouldn't change the ultimate outcome for the horses. Many of these horses are serving a second or third lifetime of service to man, who forces him to negotiate unyielding city traffic, for nine hours per day, in all sorts of temperature extremes, generally with the ultimate "reward" of "retirement" to the slaughterhouse. This relic needs to be abolished, replaced with electric antique cars (as is proposed by NY Class) and the horses sent to sanctuaries to live out their lives in peace.
And, animal cruelty aside, this industry is responsible for dozens of horrific accidents in the past several years.
Shame on the forty three members of the Council who have just given the industry carte blanche.

Rina Deych, RN”

olegraymare on May 18, 2010 at 13:26:10

“Your a RN right? How many People have been hit by CARS, Bikes hitting or being hit by cars? I guarantee it's more in one day then Carriage accidents in 10 years. So what else are you going to ban?”

felixthecat on May 14, 2010 at 08:32:09

“James Gennaro, a QUEENS city council member, received $$$ from them. Just check the city Financing Board and you see a rooster of carriage drivers on his list of contributers. It is disgusting. a daily news reporter asked me why is a QUEENS council member involved in an issue that isn't even in his borough much less his own district. I responded because the industry found one that they COULD BUY. Gennaro lost to Padavan because of this issue and he will continue to lose because of it. And christine Quinn's days are numbered. GUARANTEED”

Della Girl on May 14, 2010 at 07:53:29

“Seriously - have you ever, really, truly tried to FORCE a horse do do something against its will? Don't mistake a well trained, well accustomed horse to one that is being compliant about his job. As far as a "retirement" at the slaughter house - you need a real education here. As someone in the industry who is at the auction house two or three times a month, let me tell you what goes to slaughter: well fed, fat, younger stock whose well-meaning owners bought him, put him out to pasture, then couldn't do anything with him for lack of training and the funds to keep a horse. Do your homework and maybe we will have something to talk about.”
New York City Carriage Horse Rules: Vacation, Larger Stalls Required By New Bill

New York City Carriage Horse Rules: Vacation, Larger Stalls Required By New Bill

Commented Apr 15, 2010 at 07:02:01 in New York

“Are the City Council members unconscious? The carriage horse industry in NYC is an abomination. Many of these horses are serving a second or third lifetime of service to man, who forces him to negotiate unyielding city traffic, for nine hours per day, in all sorts of temperature extremes, generally with the ultimate "reward" of "retirement" to the slaughterhouse. This relic needs to be abolished, replaced with electric antique cars (as is proposed) and the horses sent to sanctuaries to live out their lives in peace.
And, animal cruelty aside, this industry is responsible for dozens of horrific accidents in the past several years.
Shame on the forty members of the Council who have just given the industry carte blanche.
The passage of this bill will not deter us in our efforts to abolish this archaic and brutal industry.
Rina Deych, RN”
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Help Us Pick the HuffPost Game Changers: 100 People Who Are Using New Media to Change the World

Commented Aug 17, 2009 at 20:29:14 in Media

“I nominate Dr. Richard Schwartz for the Green category! He, along with award-winning documentary filmmaker Lionel Friedberg, produced an incredible film about the environment entitled A Sacred Duty. In it, he addresses the one (and most important) fact that Al Gore's film totally ignored, that is: the massive contribution to greenhouse gas emissions that animal agriculture produces. In the film, he highlights the 400-page 2006 UN report entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, which showed that animal agribusiness is responsible for more greenhouse gas production than all forms of transportation combined. That would essentially mean that a vegan driving a Hummer does less damage to the environment than a meat eater driving a Prius.

A synopsis of the film and a link to view it in its entirety (for free) can be found at asacredduty.com.
While the film is done from a Jewish perspective, it contains information that is pertinent to every person on the planet.

Dr. Schwartz has also written several books and numerous articles about vegetarianism and its positive impact on our health, the planet, and, (obviously) the animals.”

Catherine Manna on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:37:09

“Dr Richard Schwartz hands down for the Green catagory!!”
Beef Industry Responds to Secret Video

Beef Industry Responds to Secret Video

Commented Feb 18, 2008 at 19:11:27 in Business

“As a registered nurse, humanitarian, and animal activist, I am disgusted and infuriated by the behavior of some members of my species. When will humans evolve past this horrific savagery and become humane? Not only is meat is unnecessary, unhealthy, and cruel, but it is also destroying the planet. A 400-page UN report entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, which was released in November 2006, stated that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, buses, planes, and all forms of transportation combined.
If we do not transcend our selfish, carnivorous gluttony and switch to a plant-based diet, we will have no planet to leave to future generations.
Rina Deych
http://www.myspace.com/rinadeych
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Why Paul McCartney Wants Me to Eat My Veggies

Commented Jan 16, 2008 at 22:57:00 in Healthy Living

“Kudos to Laurie David for her excellent piece on Paul McCartney and his environmental activism.
Lionel Friedberg, in conjunctions with Jewish Vegetarians of North America, has just released an extraordinary film entitled A Sacred Duty. It discusses the connection between animal agriculture and global warming and can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9RxmTGHZgE .
A synopsis of the film can be found at http://www.asacredduty.com/

Rina Deych, RN”

belladawna on Jan 17, 2008 at 20:24:47

“rrina,
i just checked out that site and that is pretty interesting. i am not jewish but i've always been interested in other cultures and just finished reading a book by rabbi lawrence kushner called "KABBALAH: A LOVE STORY" http://www.rabbikushner.org/reflections.htmthan
i know does not have much on "global warming" but wanted to share. take care :)”
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Outrage Should Extend Beyond Vick

Commented Aug 30, 2007 at 06:05:11 in Healthy Living

“Alec is right on target. With all the (very warranted) publicity about Michael Vick and his alleged abuses regarding dogs,
we must remember that the horrific conditions in which the dogs were kept, used, and ultimately killed, represents the daily reality for *billions* (not millions) of animals every year who have the misfortune to be caught in the factory farming abomination. Farm animals are raised in horrifyingly cruel concrete concentration camp conditions and killed in the most barbaric ways for our carnivorous gluttony. Meat is an addiction, not a necessity for human survival. As per a 400-page UN report entitled "Livestock's Long Shadow," a whopping 18% (more than cars, trucks, buses, planes, and all forms of transportation combined) of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. If we are to survive, as a species, we need to wake up and realize that a plant-based diet is better for human health, the environment, and, of course, the animals.
By the way, compassion is compassion. It's not a choice between people and animals. I became a registered nurse 27 years ago because I could not stand to watch someone suffer without doing something to alleviate it. I became a vegetarian 23 years ago (after seeing the Animals Film and reading Peter Singer's Animal Liberation) for the same reason.

Rina Deych, RN”
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Outrage Should Extend Beyond Vick

Commented Aug 28, 2007 at 06:25:55 in Healthy Living

“Alec is right on target. With all the (very warranted) publicity about Michael Vick and his alleged abuses regarding dogs,
we must remember that the horrific conditions in which the dogs were kept, used, and ultimately killed, represents the daily reality for *billions* (not millions) of animals every year who have the misfortune to be caught in the factory farming abomination. Farm animals are raised in horrifyingly cruel concrete concentration camp conditions and killed in the most barbaric ways for our carnivorous gluttony. Meat is an addiction, not a necessity for human survival. As per a 400-page UN report entitled "Livestock's Long Shadow," ( http://www.wellfedworld.org/globalwarming.htm ) a whopping 18% (more than cars, trucks, buses, planes, and all forms of transportation combined) of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. If we are to survive, as a species, we need to wake up and realize that a plant-based diet is better for human health, the environment, and, of course, the animals.
By the way, compassion is compassion. It's not a choice between people and animals. I became a registered nurse 27 years ago because I could not stand to watch someone suffer without doing something to alleviate it. I became a vegetarian 23 years ago (after seeing the Animals Film and reading Peter Singer's Animal Liberation) for the same reason.”
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Hannity Makes Political Pornography

Commented Mar 28, 2006 at 06:10:07 in Home

“Thank you for having the courage to confront these right wing buffoons. It takes patience and perseverance to deal with mentally deficient hot-heads. Keep up the great work!
http://www.rrrina.com/