‘We’re getting rid of the horse carriages, period’: Mayor de Blasio

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Will the horse-drawn carriage soon be in the history books of New York City?

Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly said he wants the tourist attraction banned.

“We are going to get rid of horse and carriages, period,” de Blasio said before taking office.

But the Horse and Carriage Association will not go without a fight. Its spokesperson Stephen Malone said, “He better end then the mounted police, the park rangers and everything like that. Because they are walking on the same pavement.”

Activists have repeatedly called for the end of the horse and carriage rides near central park, saying they are inhumane and the horses are mistreated.

But some tourists would be sad to see them go.

“I think it’s definately something the park is known for so to end it would be kind of sad,” Brandon Wheeler said after his ride.

The city council must approve the mayor’s plan before it could take effect.

The Horse and Carriage Association said it will even go to court if the city decides to outlaw the horse-drawn carriages.

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