ASPCA, NY-CLASS Issue Statement Offering to Find Homes for NYC Carriage Horses Threatened by Closing of Shamrock Stables

May 20, 2010

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable & Safe Streets) issued a statement from ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres and NY-CLASS Executive Director Laura Eldridge prompted by the imminent closing of Shamrock Stables in Manhattan:

"The imminent closing of Shamrock Stables in Manhattan presents an opportunity to New York City, the carriage horse owners and those who favor the humane treatment of animals. The ASPCA, in partnership with NY-CLASS, has made an offer to Shamrock Stables and the City government to find homes for these horses, taking them off the streets and placing them in environments that have their best interests at heart. This option puts the welfare of the horses first and prevents them from being auctioned off to work farms or where the possibility for exploitation and inhumane treatment is high.

"Even though we have opposing views on the proper treatment of horses, we believe that in this case, we can all work together on their behalf. We stand ready to cooperate with Shamrock Stables and the City on this important issue."