Liam Neeson stopped by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Wednesday to promote his new movie ‘Non Stop’ but the conversation quickly changed directions leading to an argument about New York City’s ban on horse-drawn carriages.
The guest and host debate began when Neeson mentioned he was annoyed at New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who is pushing to ban all horse carriages in the city.
“I’m a little pissed off at our new elected mayor,” said the Irishman who lives in New York City with his children and cited that a poll showed that 60 percent of New Yorkers want to keep the carriages in the city. “The horse carriage industry, they made the roads of New York.”
Stewart who lives by Central Park, where most of the city’s carriages circulate, was quick to step in to defend the horses saying he felt bad for them when he saw them on the streets.
When Neeson disagreed saying the horses were treated like “children” by the carriage owners, Stewart replied with the stinging humor he’s known for.
“If DYFS, the Division of Youth and Family Services, ever found out they’re keeping their children in 60 square foot stalls and feeding them twice a day buckets of grain… That is not good parenting as far as I’m concerned.”
Neeson claimed that the facts Stewart was giving were lies but Stewart didn’t back down.
“I really hope the two sides can work it out because it seems from my perspective that this is not a particularly fulfilling life for an animal.”
Neeson reacted by getting up and faking the start of a fist fight with the interviewer, both sides not backing down but humorously agreeing to disagree — at least in front of the cameras.
Way to go, Jon Stewart, for standing up for animals and not letting his guest use his show to promote an outdated and cruel practice that keeps horses from enjoying their lives on grassy fields where they belong.
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