Actor Liam Neeson has been volunteering a lot of his time lately to halt the ban of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Neeson invited NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to tour the stables where the horses are kept to prove that they’re treated well. De Blasio recently told the NY Daily News that he respectfully declines that invite.
“I respect Liam Neeson a lot, I’m a big fan of his work. But the fact is, I put forward a plan and a vision and the people ratified it in an election and that’s what matters most,” de Blasio said over the weekend.
Kudos to de Blasio for keeping his word and keeping the horses’ best interests in mind! NYCLASS, the animal advocacy group that is pushing the carriage ban, says that the stalls are only part of the problem with the primitive mode of tourist transportation and entertainment.
“Spending their lives trapped between the shafts of the carriage and their stalls, is no happy existence for a horse,” said NYCLASS Executive Director and spokeswoman Allie Feldman. “These stables have no paddock for turnout—meaning they don’t get to graze, run and socialize with other horses.” NYCLASS also points out instances where the congested street traffic has spooked and injured horses.
Clearly, the horse-drawn carriage industry is a “tradition” that needs to retire. Thanks to Mayor de Blasio for keeping his commitment to equines and activists!
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