De Blasio Headlines Fund-Raiser for Anti-Horse Carriage Group

Pint-sized NYCLASS protesters Zoe, 12, Annalisa, 13, and Harrison, 9.
NYCLASS protesters Zoe, 12, Annalisa, 13, and Harrison, 9, outside the event.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tonight headlined a fund-raiser for the anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS and doubled down on his vow to ban the carriages after he takes office in January.

Members of the press were barred by the group from entering the small event, held in the lobby of the Hippodrome Building in Midtown, and strained to hear snippets of  Mr. de Blasio’s remarks with ears pressed against glass doors and windows. Continue reading “De Blasio Headlines Fund-Raiser for Anti-Horse Carriage Group”

Plenty of Bark and Bite at Animal Rights Mayoral Forum

Mayoral candidates clash at an animal rights forum yesterday.
Mayoral candidates clash at an animal rights forum yesterday.

The candidates for mayor of New York City made their pitch to animal lovers yesterday, and needless to say, they repeatedly professed their love for various species that don’t have a vote.

Republican John Catsimatidis–who likes to call himself “the cat man”–once begged the fire department to rescue his daughter’s cockatiel, for example. Bill Thompson claimed that he had not one, but two rescued cats. And Sal Albanese insisted his mother-in-law lived a few years longer because of a chihuahua named Joey. Continue reading “Plenty of Bark and Bite at Animal Rights Mayoral Forum”

DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney For Horsing Around

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A still from the DNC’s dancing horse ad. (Photo: YouTube)

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News yesterday that he was sorry if new ads hitting Mitt Romney on his refusal to release his tax returns offended Ann Romney. The ads in question featured Ms. Romney’s dancing dressage horse, Rafalca, which is headed to the London Olympics. In the ads, the DNC uses footage of the prancing horse to make the claim Mr. Romney is “dancing around the issues” of his taxes and personal finances.

“Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,” Mr. Woodhouse said. “We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race. We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.” Continue reading “DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney For Horsing Around”