A popular attraction at New York City’s Central Park could become a thing of the past if the Big Apple’s new mayor has his way.
Bill de Blasio, who was sworn in as mayor on Wednesday, told reporters earlier in the week that he wants to outlaw horse-drawn carriages in the park. Tourists do not visit Manhattan just to take horse-drawn carriage rides, de Blasio said, noting that “horses do no belong in a congested, urban setting,” CNN reports.
Horse-drawn carriages have long drawn complaints from animal rights activists. Noting that horse-drawn carriage rides expose horses to noxious automobile exhaust and deprive them of “green pastures,” de Blasio said that his administration would end horse-drawn carriage rides.
In place of horse-drawn carriage rides, de Blasio would like to see electric-powered antique cars. The new mayor is coordinating legislative action to banish horse-drawn carriage rides from New York.
Not surprisingly, the operators of horse-drawn carriage rides disputed de Blasio’s assertions. On horse-drawn carriage driver told CNN horses had “great lives” in New York, noting that the horses get a minimum of five weeks of vacation.
Horse-drawn carriage drivers plan to oppose any attempt to ban the rides in court.
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