Liam Neeson is one celebrity voicing his opinion on the controversial proposed ban of horse carriages in New York City’s Central Park.
In a recent op-ed piece on The New York Times’ website, Neeson writes a lengthy article about why he believes carriages should be allowed.
This subject matter stems from Bill de Blasio, who became the city’s 109th mayor in January. During his run, he pledged to eradicate the horse business, calling the industry “inhumane.”
However, the 61-year-old actor notes 64 percent of New Yorkers, who took Quinnipiac’s poll, supported the business that has become a tourist attraction. As a resident of New York for more than 20 years, Neeson is one of those supporters.
Alec Baldwin seen on a horse carriage filming a scene for '30 Rock' in Central Park back in November 2012.
“As a horse lover, I grew up riding and caring for two horses every summer on my aunt’s small farm in County Armagh, Northern Ireland,” he says.
“I have continued to enjoy working with horses in a professional context over the years, appearing in a couple of Westerns and what I call ‘cowboys in armor’ movies.”
He then explains that horses “are at their happiest and healthiest when working,” which is supposedly six hours a day in the park, and pulling carriages is “what they have been bred to do.”
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“During my daily walks in the park, I talk to numerous New Yorkers, including police officers on their beat, about how we can save the industry,” the Non-Stop actor continues.
“Some say that there’s no reason an industry that has worked well for the last 150 years shouldn’t continue for another 150. Others believe that there is an opportunity in this challenge.”
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Liam explains how the proposed ban can possibly become “a class issue” and as a result, the “entire way of life and a historic industry are under threat.”
“I urge Mr. de Blasio to meet the working men and women whose jobs are at stake and to start a dialogue that will safeguard a future for the horses that the majority of New Yorkers want,” Liam concludes.
To learn more of what Liam Neeson says, click here to read his NYT article.
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