Bill de Blasio takes on Teamsters and Liam Neeson

A ride through Central Park in a horse-drawn open carriage has long been popular with tourists who come to New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Corbis






From: The Guardian
By: Edward Helmore

Bill de Blasio takes on Teamsters and Liam Neeson as he tries to ban New York’s horse carriages
The city mayor’s stand on animal welfare is facing heavyweight opposition – but he won’t back down

A ride through Central Park in a horse-drawn open carriage has long been popular with tourists who come to New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Corbis

A ride through Central Park in a horse-drawn open carriage has long been popular with tourists who come to New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Corbis

On the corner of 59th and 5th, Marcello, a 12-year-old, chocolate-brown draught horse, has his nose in a bucket of feed. Most days he and his Sligo-born owner, Karl Bruen, can be found taking tourists in an open carriage around Central Park.

But not for much longer. Marcello, who has spent most of his working life drawing a plough on an Amish farm near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and at least 80 others like him could be put out to pasture or sent to the knackers’ yard if Bill de Blasio, New York’s liberal-minded mayor, manages to deliver a campaign pledge to make the city horse-free.

Backed by animal rights campaigners, De Blasio insists that it is time to pursue “more humane alternatives to the horse-drawn carriages”. But six months into his term, his stand against carriage horses threatens to become a focal point for the opponents of his administration and his liberal-progressive legislative agenda.

The city’s major newspapers have come out against the proposed ban and the powerful Teamsters union has mobilised in support of the carriage drivers, stable owners and stable hands.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
4 Comments
  • Sue

    Obviously, from an English newspaper, there are many assurances that these horses will NOT be sent to the “knackers.”

    June 2, 2014
  • I mobilize with the Horses , You dont eliminate , you fix it !!!! The horses need to be working ,as do the people , heres the fix Have mayor turn Central Park over to the Carriage rides and build a stable and a pasture , and no Horses leave the Park they work within it , and every bodies Happy !!!!! Stop this getting RID of Horses and their Livelihood , let them have purpose !!!!! Be a part of the Cure !!!!! not the demise !!!!

    June 2, 2014
  • Albert Gardner

    Please do away with the horse & carriages in N. Y. so the horses will be free and you can get on with being a Mayor. There are a lot of people willing to take these horses and give them a home. I know you will do the right thing and we won’t forget how you stopped the cruel side of the horse business. Thank you, Albert Gardner

    June 2, 2014