Liam Neeson visits the Clinton Park Stables to speak out for the horse drawn carriage drivers on Sunday (March 9) in New York City.
The 61-year-old actor disagrees with Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s plans to ban the horse drawn carriage industry. The mayor believes it is inhumane to have the horses operating in a modern city like New York and would like to have the animals replaced with electric cars.
Liam calls the decision to ban the industry criminal. “This is an industry that’s been here since before Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration,” Liam said (via CBS News) “These horses are well cared for.”
“I know these guys. In the park for over 20 years, I see the joy that these tourists get,” Liam told ABC News. “I’m firm about the fact that we have to make this move.”
Here is what Mayor de Blasio said in a statement: “I respect Liam Neeson a lot. I’m a big fan of his work. But the fact is I’ve put forward a plan and a vision, and the people ratified it in a election, and that’s what mattered most. What we do want to do, and we’ve said this repeatedly, is work with the carriage operators to find a good path for them individually going forward. Other job opportunities for them. They would get first dibs on those job opportunities. We have to put together all the pieces.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK is the right decision in this debate?