New York City’s horse-drawn carriages may be replaced with old-timey electric cars.
The horse-drawn carriages have come under fire from animal activist groups that believe horses have no place in the city of New York. The groups believe that the animals shouldn’t be in the city because of how heavy the traffic is. Both of the leading candidates for mayor are supporting ending the horse-drawn carriage industry. Democrat Bill de Blasio would like to replace the horse-drawn carriages with old-timey electric cars. New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, a nonprofit animal protection group, is paying $450,000 for a prototype of a 1909 Pierce-Arrow that would replace the horse-drawn carriages. Both of the candidates have different reason for wanting the horses gone. Bill de Blasio believes that the carriages are a form of animal cruelty and Republican Joe Lhota wants to eliminate the bad smell around Central Park. Lhota also agrees that a motorized vehicle would be a good replacement for the carriages. Ending the horse-drawn carriage industry can’t be done by just the mayor. It would also require the vote of the New York City Council, reports the Associated Press.
Activist believe that the electric old-timey cars would still have the “romantic, classic, nostalgic feel” that is associated with the horse-drawn carriages.
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