Animal advocates and organizations are calling for an end to New York City’s carriage horse industry. There have been several recent incidents in which carriage horses suffered serious accidents or death. Celebs have joined in the cause, and among the most vocal has been Lea Michele who is working with both NYCLASS and PETA to ban the carriages.
Now another celeb has joined Michele. According to Contactmusic, Kristin Chenoweth is lending her support to the campaign. After seeing carriage horses in the city, the actress, singer and Michele’s “Glee” co-star tweeted, “What can do about gettin (sic) the horse carriages stopped in Central Park. Just walked by.” She added “The horses are Miserable. The horses take ‘rests’ on each Foot. Who controls this? I call abuse.”
When NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Liveable and Safe Streets) spotted Chenoweth’s tweet, they reached out and asked her to join them to help the horses. The organization asked her to sign their petition and co-sign Anjelica Huston’s letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She tweeted back, “NYCLASS, I’m with you.”
“Today Ms. Chenoweth proved that her grace goes far beyond the screen,” said NYCLASS Executive Director Carly Marie Knudson. Chenoweth, Michele and Huston are also joined by Debra Messing, Kathy Najimy and Pamela Anderson who have all supported the campaign to ban New York’s horse carriages. NYCLASS is promoting the use of a horseless carriage alternative.