anjelica huston
by Ali Berman
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Anjelica Huston has joined the list of well-known celebs who aren’t pleased with New York City’s (thus far) refusal to protect carriage horses.

Huston wrote to City Councilwoman Christine Quinn asking her to support Intro 86A, legislation that would make horse drawn carriages a thing of the past in NYC. How would tourists get around? Eco-friendly classic cars would take their place.

Huston, currently starring in the new show “Smash” writes, “It’s surprising to me that a city known for its progressive spirit still allows this cruel and dangerous tourist trap. Several accidents over the past few months highlight the immense safety hazard and lack of regulation of this industry. At the end of 2011, within just a couple of weeks, two horses collapsed in the middle of traffic and one nearly hit several taxis on 59th Street.”

Huston argued, “Trading in horse-drawn carriages for eco-friendly cars is a responsible way to modernize the industry while keeping that Old World New York charm and creating alternate jobs for horse-drawn carriage operators.”

We couldn’t agree more. And both Lea Michele (a native New Yorker) and Pamela Anderson are both on board with the ban as well. If you are too, consider also dropping a note to Councilwoman Quinn asking her to have a heart for horses. “Smash” co-star Debra Messing will tell you how in her supportive tweet.

She wrote, “Co-sign Anjelica Huston’s letter to City Council Speaker @chriscquinn to #stophorseabuse. bit.ly/yap5JX via @NYCLASS”

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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