Liam Neeson in Op-Ed: “Carriages Belong in Central Park”
Liam Neeson is relentless in his support for the cruel horse carriage industry in New York. His latest rant about it was in an op-ed piece the actor wrote in Tuesday’s New York Times.
In the piece called ‘Carriages Belong in Central Park’ the action film star calls for New York City mayor Bill De Blasio to “come down to the stables and see how the horses are cared for.”
De Blasio recently announced during a Google Hangout that going forward with a ban on the city’s horse carriages is still a priority and will get done this year. Neeson argues that is a mistake but his reasoning doesn’t quite add up to the evidence that has been presented so far.
He cites that the stables where the horses are kept, which undercover investigations have shown are dirty and too small for some horses to move in, are perfectly humane and comfortable. He mentions the workers will lose their livelihood even though De Blasio’s new plan for replacing the carriages with electric vintage looking cars will retain and create more jobs. Finally, he argues horses are actually happier when working, a conclusion he finds himself qualified to make since he has worked in some westerns and what he calls “cowboys in armor” movies.
“It has been my experience, always, that horses, much like humans, are at their happiest and healthiest when working,” Neesom says. “Horses have been pulling from the beginning of time. It is what they have been bred to do.”
Hopefully De Blasio will just brush off Neeson’s rant as he did the actor’s invitation to tour the stables and continue to rely on the evidence of how inhumane the carriages are to the horses — no matter how happy Neeson assumes they are.
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