CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The owners and employees of three local carriage horse companies, Charleston Carriage Works, Old South Carriage Company and Palmetto Carriage Works will held a press conference to demand a local group to take down a billboard attacking the carriage industry on I-26, according to the news release.
Charleston Carriage Works, Old South Carriage Company and Palmetto Carriage joined together last year to form a carriage association to set the gold standard for horse care across the nation, officials state.
Donations are made to rescue non-profits and are working with legislatures to crack down on horse abuse in South Carolina, according to officials.
“Groups in town are trying to mislead the public of our practices and regulation,” spokesman Tommy Doyle stated.
Ellen Harley of the Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates stated:
It’s no coincidence that the Carriage Industry called a press conference today seeking to stop our advocacy less than a week after we asked the court to throw out the carriage company’s lawsuit against us for failure to raise a single defamatory comment made by CCHA or Charleston Animal Society. You need look no further than their own statements today to realize that these animals need our advocacy. Apparently, the industry would be fine with a 1500 pound animal pulling 34 passengers — approximately 8,000 pounds (4 Tons) — despite the fact that that is against the law.
Joe Elmore, the CEO of the Charleston Animal Society also released a statement.
“In yet another attempt to distract the public from the real issues, the carriage companies and their political consultants continue to spread misinformation. For example, contrary to what was said in the press conference this morning, Charleston Animal Society has never placed a billboard regarding this issue and has no financial or governing affiliation with other animal organizations placing billboards, which is their right to do so under the 1stAmendment.The issue they do not want to discuss is improving the working conditions and environment for the animals, which are the harshest in the country. The public overwhelmingly supports improvements.Likewise, despite what was said in the press conference, it has never been the position of Charleston Animal Society to ban carriage horse operations, rather to make them more humane and not the harshest in the country.Charleston Animal Society will continue to advocate for reforms lowering the temperature, lightening the loads, lessening the spooking of horses in the urban environment and ensuring full compliance and enforcement of the laws. The carriage industry’s misleading press conferences and lawsuits will not stop us from doing so.”