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WAR Op: Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Day 1 - Standing Up for NYC's Carriage Horses on Valentine's Day Weekend

To kick off Operation: Put a Little Love in Your Heart 2011, Win Animal Rights would like to invite you to join us for a weekend of street action on behalf of the poor horses, who toil day and night, in all kinds of inclement weather, dragging lazy tourists around New York City.

No matter how determined we are to impact the lives of the horses that work the streets of New York City, it seems that we just can't do enough. When we have to look into the eyes of the horses every weekend, we wonder why it is that more activists don't join us at our weekly protests and we wonder what it is going to take to make this miserable business go away. Over the past year, we have watched horses, new to the scene, enter with bright eyes and heads held high as they prance along the city streets. Every week we watch as their eyes dull and their heads drop, the weariness and the despair palpable. It is truly heartbreaking to witness the breaking of a horse's spirit.

Our protests have taken their toll. Each week, WAR activists distribute hundreds of flyers educating the public about the cruelty and the suffering of the poor horses. Each week we are gratified to witness compassionate men, woman and children turn away from the carriages and make the choice to select other forms of entertainment. Now, we are ready to add new dimensions to our campaign to liberate NYC's carriage horses.

Here are a few of the things we will be working on this year:

Increase pressure on the ASPCA to enhance their oversight of the horses
Campaign to influence the NYC Tourist Board
Educational outreach to Travel Agents and Tour Guides

Outreach to the major hotel Concierges, who interface with potential carriage patrons

Launch Facebook page for the horses

Launch Blog for the horses
Reach out to Teamsters
Target Suppliers of Carriage Horse Industry
Home Demonstrations for anyone involved in the industry
Continue undercover surveillance of horses and stables

If you are in the greater NYC area, please join us this coming weekend as we continue our street campaign.
Here's the schedule:

Outreach: Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
Where: 59th St. & 5th Avenue
New York City's Grand Army Plaza

Protest: Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Where: 59th St. & 5th Avenue
New York City's Grand Army Plaza

Protest: Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
Where: 59th St. & 5th Avenue
New York City's Grand Army Plaza

Please note that the outreach event on Saturday will begin at the hack line at Central Park. We will be there for a time and then we will travel to another location where we will be working on one of the items on the list above. You will need a Metro Card as we will be taking either a bus or subway. Wear comfortable shoes as we will be doing some walking.

Action Needed:

If you are not in the area, you can still help.

Visit the site of NYC's Official Tourist website: http://www.nyctourist.com/ 

Their contact page is: http://www.nyctourist.com/contact.php 

Fill out the form at the bottom of the contact page. Ask that they add a warning label to all carriage horse advertisements and listings. The warning label should read:

WARNING: YOU WILL WITNESS DISTURBING SCENES OF ANIMAL ABUSE AND CRUELTY

You may also wish to advise them that you will not visit New York City until the carriage horse industry is banned.

Visit the WAR Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Win-Animal-Rights/25169195791
Visit the WAR MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/winanimalrights

For more info contact Win Animal Rights at: winanimalrights@optonline.net
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at: http://war-online.org 

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