Liam Neeson has upset many animal lovers. Protestors gathered in hoards outside Neeson's apartment in Manhattan to openly convey their displeasure at the actor openly supporting 'animal cruelty'
Liam has openly lent his support to horse–drawn carriages. He is of the firm opinion that the horses which are used to draw vintage era carriages for small scenic rides in New York City aren't mistreated or abused. They are housed in appropriate conditions. The stables are adequate and the horses are apparently 'happy' when they are being used to pull the buggies.
In a long editorial note in the New York Times, Neeson wrote "It has been my experience, always, that horses, much like humans, are at their happiest and healthiest when working,"
Liam Neeson, who has displayed his humane side, went on to justify the practice stating, "The horse carriage trade is a humane industry that is well regulated by New York City's Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs"
Peter Wood, an animal protection investigator for various organizations, who was present at the scene, said, "It's cruel for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents. Horses don't belong in traffic, surrounded by buses. They don't belong in the city; it's outdated, it's cruel. Life attached to a carriage with a poop bag attached to your rear end — that's no life."
While the protestors had a justified argument that horses shouldn't be subjected to the heavy pollution of taxis and buses, they have a strong support from New York's current mayor, Bill de Blasio, who has pledged to ban the carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars, commissioned by a group called NYCLASS.
Wood supported the change saying, "It's 2014, not 1914. It's time for a change," reported Fox News.
While the concept is certainly brilliant, Liam Neeson is not content with the idea of horses being taken off the streets and replaced by vintage cars. In essentiality, Neeson fears that not only the city will lose one of its prime attractions that have been pulling in a lot of tourists, it may end the livelihood of carriage drivers and operators.
Neeson supported his stand by citing safety records of the horse–drawn carriages.
"The city's horse-drawn carriages have made an estimated 6 million trips in traffic in the past 30 years, most ending up in Central Park. Four horses have been killed in collisions with motor vehicles, with no human fatalities. In contrast to the terrible toll of traffic accidents generally on New Yorkers. The carriage industry has a remarkable safety record."The city council has yet to vote and legislation yet to be formulated. If it decided against the carriages, would Liam Neeson be right in saying "The horse carriages are signature element of New York's culture and history"?
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