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Operation: Twelve Days of Xmas 2010



A subject near and dear to our hearts, activism. In the past we have urged you to ramp up your activism. We have said that if you donate funds, then you should donate more. If you write letters, then write more of them. And, if you are active in street protests, participate in more of them. The animals and mother earth are in crisis. It is time that we not only do more, we must now work smarter and more strategically. Once we know that tactics are no longer effective in a particular situation, we need to find creative ways to re-strategize and re-direct our energy.

Targeted and focused campaigns that have been well thought out in advance have the most impact. Here in New York City, after almost a decade of campaigning against the carriage horse industry, the City Council gave them a raise, by approving a significant rate hike. Since then, Win Animal Rights has waged a focused, aggressive campaign against the carriage industry. WAR has held protests almost every weekend since the rate hike was approved.

Several months ago, we published a letter from activist Mary. Here is an excerpt from her letter:

"So you say you believe in direct action....

...This, my friends is direct action. No, we are not breaking into stables and liberating the horses, but we are trying to directly prevent the tourists from entering the carriages to stop the flow of blood money once and for all. We are confronting the abusers and making their lives miserable because we have to be the voice for those poor horses who cannot speak for themselves. These pitiful, broken animals with their heads down, their blinders on and their enormous bits to chew on need you to get up now and get involved.

For those of you who wave your fists in the air, don your black face masks and wear your ALF t-shirts while sitting in front of your television sets watching Whale Wars, this is the time to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. *This* is *your* issue and we need you to get involved now. Please help us put an end to this abuse once and for all."
WAR will be back at the hack line this Sunday. Please join us:

Protest: Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 2:00 PM
Where: 59th St. & 5th Avenue
New York City's Grand Army Plaza

Note: We will also be holding protests on a different campaign on Saturday, December 18, 2010. Details will be released in tomorrow's 2nd Day of Xmas. Please plan on keeping the date open to speak out for the animals.

If you cannot join us, please support our campaign by taking the following action:

Action Needed:

Pass this information along to anyone you know who may be visiting New York City, during the holiday season. Ask them not to support this cruel and inhumane tradition. Cross post this information everywhere! This is not just a NYC issue. There are campaigns sprouting up all around the world. Attend Carriage Horse Protests if they are happening in your own city.

If you do know anyone traveling to New York City, please make sure to let them know that New York City is in the midst of major bedbug epidemic and that it is hitting fine hotels and stores in the midtown area. Bedbugs are most often transferred on the clothing of people staying at the hotels and shopping in boutiques. These are the very people who are most likely to ride the horse drawn carriages and use the same communal blankets. Food for thought!

Contact New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Tell him that you will not visit NYC until the carriage horses are retired.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10020-1175
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
FAX (212) 788-2460
Contact the ASPCA. Ask them to do their job of protecting the carriage horses.

Ed Sayres
President & CEO
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804

e-mail: Ed_Sayres/

Telephone: 1-212-876-7700 Ext. 4603. His secretary, Christine is at: 1-212-876-7700 ext. 4600

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