Martina Navratilova is fighting back over an incident of homophobia and animal cruelty that took place over NYC Pride weekend when a group of women leafleting about the abuses suffered by the horses that pull the decorative carriages seen on the busy streets of New York were verbally assaulted with homophobic and racist slurs by one of the drivers.
In a letter to NYC City Council speaker Christine Quinn, Navratilova writes:
“As any animal lover will tell you, the carriage drivers you support spew hate when anyone expresses concern for the horses they force to work in all weather extremes, and during Pride weekend it was captured on video. “You have a big dyke convention here?” shouted the driver at a small group of women, mostly seniors, who were peacefully leafleting near where the carriages line up. “Fucking ni**er,” he said to a black woman in the group. How can you support such a scurrilous industry that spouts racist and homophobic vitriol?
Many PETA advocates, including me, are gay. We share a heightened sense of responsibility in fighting the callous disregard that many have for animal suffering because we have experienced a similar disregard for the cruelty that we ourselves have faced. You are a champion of gay rights; won’t you extend your compassion to the city’s beleaguered working animals? These animals have been stripped of all their rights and have been denied the opportunity to fulfill their natural instincts. And for years, there have been accidents resulting in horse deaths and human injuries, the most recent occurring just last month when an SUV collided with a horse, which I hope you read about. That’s why I urge you to support Intro. 86A, the bill seeking to replace the archaic horse-drawn carriages with eco-friendly classic cars. At the very least, won’t you green-light the pilot program to test the viability of this savvy idea? It doesn’t cost the city a cent or any jobs and is sure to be a hit with tourists. All eyes are on you to make the right move.”
As evidence Navratilov sent Quinn the altercation which was caught on videotape.
Christine Quinn not only killed the very popular bill to ban horse-drawn carriages for political reasons, but she has also blocked every meaningful animal protection bill introduced at City Hall since she became Speaker and also killed a bill that was co-sponsored by 45 Council Members (out of 51). that would have required pet stores to install sprinklers after a several pet store fires killed hundreds of animals.
BAD LESBIAN! BAD!
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