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Teamster President: “Listen to the Scientists” on Carriage Horses

NEW YORK, NY – George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, had the following statement in response to details of a new study that found New York City carriage horses are stress-free at work. The new study, by Dr. Joe Bertone of the Western University of Health Sciences, was first reported today in the Daily News.

“This study should put the horse carriage debate to bed. The horses are happy and stress-free, doing the jobs they were bred for in Central Park. If undecided City Council Members listen to the veterinarians and scientists who know these animals best, the decision to reject this ban is clear. Why would we put 300 New Yorkers out of a job to save horses that don’t want to be saved?”

Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers in downstate New York, including those who work in the Central Park horse and carriage industry.

Contact: Alex Moore, Teamsters Joint Council 16