Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Neeson says whoa to NY carriage ban

Actor Liam Neeson has criticised New York's mayor, who wants to end the city's horse-drawn carriage service

Actor Liam Neeson had the bit between his teeth when he chided New York mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the city's horse-drawn carriage industry.

Saying he was "a little bit p****d off", Neeson complained during an appearance on The Daily Show that critics had put out false information about the horses' welfare, saying drivers treated them like their own children.

Democrat Mr De Blasio has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in Manhattan. Instead, he wants to replace them with electric cars.

But Neeson said most New Yorkers wanted to keep the horses and Mr de Blasio "is supposed to be representing the New York people".

Carriage drivers say shutting the stables would eliminate a rare outlet for surplus horses, meaning they will be sent to the slaughterhouse faster.

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