Elizabeth Forel / Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

On Sunday morning, a carriage horse collapsed and died on West 54th Street between Eighth & Ninth Avenues, and soon after photos of the horse being loaded into an NYPD vehicle were sent to us, though the department repeatedly denied having any information on the incident. Since then, Mayor Bloomberg has released a comment on the incident, which got animal rights activists rightfully riled up, saying, the horses "probably wouldn't be alive if they didn't have a job." Tonight, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, tells us they're hosting a Candlelight Vigil for the horse, named Charlie, saying, "he will be sent off with love and a vow that his death will not be in vain."

The organization has also told us that, In response to the Mayor’s comment, they would like for him to consider an electric car alternative—this "protects the tourism industry, the jobs of the drivers and the lives of the horses."

As for tonight, New York State Senator Tony Avella and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal will be on hand, along with Win Animal Rights, Friends of Animals, and others who want to put an end to the inhumane and unsafe horse-drawn carriage industry. The public vigil will be held tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m., starting at the north/west corner of Central Park South and 5th Avenue, and then marching to West 54th Street where Charlie died, ending at his West 52nd Street stable.