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Liam Neeson is 'a little bit pissed off' at NYC Mayor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Liam Neeson says he's "a little bit pissed off" at Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry in New York City.

Neeson made the comment during a Wednesday appearance on "The Daily Show." The actor complained to host John Stewart that critics have put out false information about how the horses are treated. He says the carriage 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.

Carriage drivers say shutting down the stables would have the unintended effect of eliminating a rare outlet for surplus horses, which means they'll be sent to the slaughterhouse faster.

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Olguita February 28 2014 at 1:48 PM

Who voted this guy in? Since he took office I have heard nothing positive.

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daassociates February 28 2014 at 1:30 PM

I agree, horses like to work & this is a great big city tradition. Eliminate the cars in the park where the horses can have a very specific route. DLA

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Jerry February 28 2014 at 1:30 PM

DiBlasio is a one term mayor, that's becoming obvious quickly!!!

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jOSEPHINE Jerry February 28 2014 at 1:36 PM

hopefully from your lips to God's ears

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Scott February 28 2014 at 1:48 PM

I say we shut down the Political offices and save us all some grief..

tarting with the Mayor's office..

Justr more Government intrusion...

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sbettybooi February 28 2014 at 1:28 PM

Mayor DeBlasio knows he's making room for real estate investment companies. I heard this on the radio recently.

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Deanna February 28 2014 at 1:34 PM

Great job Liam Neeson at least someone cares

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boyle1034 February 28 2014 at 1:48 PM

Most People who read Animal Farm of De Blasio's generation understood it was an allegory. I hope the people who voted for him realize that the present Mayor of New York saw the novel as a true depiction of reality. This may ease their pain if not their remorse when they understand they did indeed vote for a Marxist.

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boyle1034 February 28 2014 at 1:54 PM

Saint Francis would take exception to the Mayor's insanity; The saint knew the correlation between form and nature.

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bariandmichael February 28 2014 at 1:43 PM

And just when I thought he made lots of room for them on 5th Ave. where the buses used to run!

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happy2bgridfree February 28 2014 at 1:48 PM

I think a compromise should be met, in which the horses / carriages stay within central park.

Let's get something straight here, those horses do not have a bad life. The stables / grounds where they live ( in Central Park ) are lovely. They are loved and cared for, much better than many horses who are put down because they can't race or are simply not "genetically" sound. Their owners adore them.

Horses were, after all, meant for work. They are not lap dogs. Pulling a carriage for a few hours a day really isn't "cruelty" to them.

The mayor should be a little more concerned about the homeless in his city and not the central park horses. The care and well-being of these animals is watched very closely. They are NOT mistreated. Horses that are rented in riding facilities or ponies who are used for kiddie rides at fairs and birthday parties should have it half as good.

I love animals and I would not want to see any animals mistreated or miserable. Believe me, these horses are loved. If carriages are banned, what do you think will happen to these horses? They'll be dinner for someone overseas because the owners won't be able to keep them and there will not be a rush of people to buy/adopt them.

Keep them in Central Park if neccessary, but do not ban the carriages.

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