Rescue groups trying to save horses

By Susan Sheppard Landis

Thank you for printing my letter regarding American horses that are being brutally executed by knife in Mexico (“How NYers can stop the execution of horses,” T&V, July 9).  I want to follow up on the response to my letter, and want to stress that it is essential to support rescue groups, the ASPCA, Peta and the Humane Society who are actually rescuing horses, while the Bill HR 1942 S1214 is pending in the House and Senate.

As the last writer pointed out (letter, “Support legislation to protect horses” by Elizabeth Drury, T&V, July 16), it is essential to call representatives to support the bill.

Frank Guinta, sponsor (202) 225-5456, Lindsay Graham, (202) 224-5972, Peter King (202) 456-1414 or Carolyn Maloney locally. Other sponsors and numbers can be found online.

While the bill is pending, it is important to save as many horses as possible. The rescue groups are hands on saving horses, buying them at auction. Gentle Giants Rescue Group has a farm where the horses are cared for by volunteers and donated money. PO Box 5058, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741-5058. The Rescue Group will send your letters and petitions to Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is also important to phone them; they are taking numbers in support of legislation to ban horse slaughter. Horses are not food; they do not deserve this brutal treatment. This is just wrong. This is America; if wild horses need food, the Bureau of Land Management can drop hay to them. This is America; we can put a man on the moon. Surely we can help innocent animals.  They need not be executed. Especially call David Rouzer, chair of the bill, at (202) 225-2731.

It is a slippery slope when horses are tortured and murdered like this. What is next, cats and dogs that are strays? I know we are animal lovers here in Peter Cooper and Stuyvesant Town.  Save these innocent animals. Donate, call your representatives. Keep up the pressure.

Anyone interested in having a fundraiser for the rescue groups, please call me at (212) 228-8966.

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Letters to the Editor, July 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Why the sanitation garage plan stinks!

Dear Editor,

I was at the Monday, June 22 sanitation garage meeting, where I felt that the forum was chosen because it was not very accessible. I think that the community was not told about it with enough lead time. There were not as many people as I would have expected. And sadly, neither Mr. Garodnick nor Mr. Kavanagh were there.

Because my husband had to go out of town unexpectedly, I had not planned to attend. But neighbors convinced me to, especially because I used to live near the old sanitation garage on East 73rd Street. I lived there for close to three years.

Like the proposal here, they did not keep the garbage there, but there was a stench all year round, which was particularly bad in the summer. There were plenty of flies, but worse, in my opinion, were the rats. They were enormous and I stopped walking to the FDR access road to run to the river overpass by there. I was afraid of the rats.

The traffic was constant and unrelenting. Like 25th Street, 73rd was a two way road that had access to the FDR. Those truck are huge and often blocked the way. The trucks left every two hours during the night, so there was constant noise. I understand the plan here would not allow that, but really, how do we know?

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