NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor de Blasio has heard from New Yorkers on where they stand on his plan to ban horse drawn carriages.
They’re overwhelmingly against it, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac poll found that 64 percent of those surveyed want the carriage horses to stay put, while 24 percent support the mayor’s proposal to end the tradition.
Activists who agree with the mayor that the horse drawn carriage trips through Central Park and city streets are cruel and inhumane have fought hard to get rid of the rides through countless protests.
Allie Feldman, executive director of the animal rights group NYCLASS had this response to the latest poll:
“A large percentage of New Yorkers were also against banning smoking in restaurants and bars before the law passed. Yet that initiative was an unequivocal success — because it was the right thing to do: for health, for safety, and to make New York a better place to live. Banning the inhumane use of horse carriages for the entertainment of a small segment of New York’s tourist population is no different.”
The mayor has offered a horseless alternative: vintage looking electric cars.
“We have so many cars in the city already,” said carriage horse driver Oliver Joseph.
The hot button issue has even gotten celebrities taking sides. Movie star Liam Neeson is pushing to keep the carriage horse business alive in the city. Recording artist Pink wants to see it go away.
In the end, it will be up to the city council, when it’s time for its members to vote.