Jillian Michaels is the latest New Yorker to weigh in on the controversial debate over carriage horses in New York City. Michaels, who appears on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, joined forces with an anti-carriage rally on outside City Hall on Monday to air her views.
The rally, which was sponsored by the animal-rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, intended to put pressure on local authorities to ban carriage horses and other animals used in Central Park.
Jillian Michaels and other celebs such as Alec Baldwin, Pink, and Lea Michelle also support the ban, and are onside with Mayor Bill de Blasio who wants to see the carriages banned and replaced with vintage-looking electric cars. It remains to be seen whether or not the mayor will secure enough votes in the City Council to pass the new law.
The highest profile celebrity to support the ban is actor Liam Neeson who has been very vocal about the issue. It has to be said that most New Yorkers agree with Jillian Michaels and Liam Neeson that something has to be done to stop the cruelty to animals.
Mayor de Blasio is hoping that the majority of the current 300 carriage drivers will warm to the idea of the electric cars which are being spearheaded by New Yorkers for Clean, Liveable and Safe Streets. That organization was part of an animal rights coalition that gave $1.3 million to the mayor and other carriage ban supporters.
The New York Times wrote last week about the issue: “While there is no lack of animal-welfare problems in the city – abused pets, feral cats, rats, Asian long-horned beetles, geese at the airports – New York’s well-treated, well-regulated carriage horses are not among them.”
It remains to be seen what the New York city council will decide when it comes to voting on the new law.