Neeson chides NYC mayor for wanting to shut down horse-drawn carriage industry
This Sept. 10, 2013 file photo shows actor Liam Neeson smiling during a press conference for "Third Person" at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Galit Rodan, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 28, 2014 8:00AM EST
NEW YORK - Actor Liam Neeson says he's upset at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the city's horse-drawn carriage industry.
Neeson complained during an appearance on "The Daily Show" this week that critics have put out false information about how the horses are treated. He says drivers treat the horses like their own children.
De Blasio has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it's inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan. The Democrat wants to replace them with electric cars.
Neeson says most New Yorkers want to keep the horses and de Blasio "is supposed to be representing the New York people."
Carriage drivers say shutting the stables would eliminate a rare outlet for surplus horses, meaning they'll be sent to the slaughterhouse faster.