From: New York Daily News
By: Alfred Ng
Central Park carriage horses debut in film to promote the benefits of the buggy industry
A crowd of carriage horse drivers, union bigwigs and animal lovers gathered Monday at the Kraine Theater on E. Fourth St. to watch ‘Save NYC Horse Carriages.’ Actor Liam Neeson narrated the short film, which showed the contributions the carriage horses have made to the city.
A crowd of carriage horse drivers, union bigwigs and animal lovers gathered at the Kraine Theater on E. Fourth St. to watch “Save NYC Horse Carriages.”
The film was narrated pro bono by Irish actor Liam Neeson, a defender of the 156-year-old industry. Mary Haverstick, of Haverstick Films, also worked without compensation to make the film. “It puts a human face on what these workers actually do,” George Miranda, president of Teamsters Joint Council 16, said of carriage horse drivers
“(The film) sheds light on how well the horses are taken care of,” Miranda added.
“If you have an open mind, you’ll see exactly how this country was built.”
The fate of Central Park’s carriage horse industry has been in doubt since Mayor de Blasio took office.
He vowed to shut down the industry after animal rights group NYCLASS began donating campaign cash to him. A small cluster of NYCLASS backers protested the film’s premiere.
Vanessa Weber, executive producer of the film, said she hoped it would help educate de Blasio and others about the industry.