Following the collapse of carriage horse Ryder in Midtown Manhattan this past August, a poll by The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Voters for Animal Rights showed that 71% of New York City voters support a ban on horse-drawn carriages.
The New York Times reported that Ryder’s collapse “reignited calls from residents, celebrities and politicians to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry, which has existed in New York City for more than 150 years.”
This past summer, the City Council introduced a bill that would use horseless electric carriages to take the place of horse-drawn carriages. Both sides have loudly voiced their views, including Liam Neeson, who recently came out against the electric carriage bill.
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