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Liam Neeson targeted by NYC's carriage horse protestors

Liam Neeson Targeted By NYC's Carriage Horse Protestors

Hollywood actor Liam Neeson got quite the Easter weekend surprise after a group of protestors gathered outside his New York City home.

WNBC reported that about 50 animal rights activists lined-up outside the actor's condo on Manhattan's upper west side Saturday to protest his support for the city's carriage horse industry.

WABC and News 12 Long Island noted that Neeson interjected himself into the heated debate over whether to outlaw horse-drawn carriages in the city last week when he visited Central Park's stables and penned an Op-Ed for The New York Times titled 'Carriages Belong In Central Park.'

According to New York 1, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says the carriage horse industry is inhumane and has pledged action to bring the Central Park tours - a tradition in the city for more than 150 years - to an end.

A potential city council vote on the issue has brought supporters from both sides out in full force in recent weeks.

KSDK reported that animal rights protestors outside Neeson's home donned full-body horse costumes and held up signs reading "worked to death" and "horses + plus traffic = death."

In his piece for The New York Times, Neeson noted the carriage horse industry is overseen by at least five regulatory agencies, and that he saw no signs of horse mistreatment during his visit to the stables.

Neeson also urged Mayor De Blasio to visit the stables and see how the horses are cared for before bringing a vote on the issue to city council.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows 64 percent of New Yorkers favor keeping the carriage horses. Neeson did not emerge from his home during Saturday's protest.

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baggersrnutz April 20 2014 at 10:24 PM

Back in the old days horses pulled plows and logs, they are beasts of burden and thats how it was meant to be. I wonder if any of these people protesting understand they would not even be here had man not tamed the horse, fed and cared for them, in order for farmers to feed the masses.

When the lights go out for real horses as beasts of burden will be needed all over again.

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stacey.johnson35 baggersrnutz April 20 2014 at 11:04 PM

It's one thing to feed and care for an animal in a FIELD OF GRASS AND LAND THAT THEY WERE MEANT TO LIVE ON!!!! How do you people not SEE that they are FORCED to walk on asphalt day in and day out, breathe nasty ass car exhaust and pollution, deal with ******** who i'm sure harass them all day, plus the CONSTANT LOUD noises and **** they are not MEANT to hear on a daily basis!! PEOPLE PLEASE THINK AND USE YOUR BRAINS FOR A MINUTE!!! Where is a horse's natural habitat?? In a city??? Walking on unnatural asphalt all day?? You people really think this is natural and normal and okay? What the **** do you think the horses would say to you if they could speak??? Do you think they don't feel anything?? I mean physically AND mentally and spiritually? Animals are the most PURE spirits on this planet. Working on a farm in the dirt, land, grass, etc and pulling something that doesn't emit harmful toxic fumes is one thing, but what they're doing here??? NOT NATURAL OR OKAY!!!

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baggersrnutz stacey.johnson35 April 20 2014 at 11:33 PM

People like you have NO CONCEPT of reality ! You do not underst and that horses much like dogs, and even humans LIKE to work and please those who take care of them. No Horse wants to be left to starve in the Wild or be attacked by a pack of wolves, they have as much affection for their human caretakers as the humans do for them.

I grew up on a dairy farm Our cows were part of the family, We cared for them greatly as much as if they were one of our kids, they were not only our lifeblood, but we were theirs and we provided sustenance to the masses !

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barnettb264 April 20 2014 at 4:36 PM

I am a animal lover; if the horses were being mistreated there might be something said against horse and carriage business; you can be sure that the horses in this business are treated better than many of the horses on the farms; I don't see these animal rights people picketing the horse racing industry. Now there is something they can sink their teeth into!!

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Epignosisgrace April 20 2014 at 4:33 PM

LOL! 50 protestors out of the millions of people who live in New York City! If they're so outraged over the city's ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS tradition of the carriage horse industry and ALLEGED abuse of the animals, why don't they, instead, group together and give help, hope and support to the so many horribly abused and homeless human children! Besides, this actor is entitled to his opinion just as they are to theirs! Leave the man alone and go find some needy, helpless senior citizens to support along with the needy children!

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rdj735 Epignosisgrace April 20 2014 at 4:36 PM

You are so right. I have known some so-called animal activists. The few I knew had some mental problems also.

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noelmartin78 April 20 2014 at 4:33 PM

Its a pity the same folks protesting wouldn't put as much effort into child/women trafficking as they do the noble steeds,who deservedly should have folks shouting for them too....humans first maybe,then horses second

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hydtguy April 20 2014 at 4:32 PM

Liam, the "protesters" have never seen a working horse, let alone cared for one.
Would anyone not care for a horse that he or she earned a living with.
My best cure for the Mayors stance to end the carrage rides in NYC would be to limit the rides in Central Park, have the muster area at the south east and south west of the park and take the tourests for a nice long ride in the park.
Build a stable in the park so the city kids can learn to care for horses "under supervision" and then the city could pay for a vet to check the horses weekly to be shure the health issues are up to standards.

But I hear it has nothing to do with horses, its everything to do with the land the stables are on and payback to the mayors fund raising buddies.

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cedatty hydtguy April 20 2014 at 4:35 PM

The protesters have never seen a working person.

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oldsub571 April 20 2014 at 11:51 PM

Anyone who pays attention to the NY Village idiots
should be ashamed of themselves!
The horse and carriages are a wonderful New Yourk, Central Park tradition!
Trust me that is one of the few redeaming featurs of NY City.

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msdaubie54 April 20 2014 at 4:30 PM

These horse-drawn carriages have been around for how long? Get a life people!! Apparently there are still people who enjoy riding around in the carriages or they wouldn't still be here!!

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morpheus954 April 20 2014 at 4:30 PM

Everytime I have been to Central Park the horses were just standing around waiting for a fare. They seemed to be bored, but not worked to death. Not 100 feet from the horses who being fed carrots and water, were homeless people sleeping on park benches. Seems like DeBlasio should focus on helping the homeless and leave the horses alone.

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Poppie morpheus954 April 20 2014 at 4:58 PM

As a former New Yorker you hit the Nail on the HEAD. right on DeBlasio........

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raptureready1958 April 20 2014 at 4:30 PM

I support carriage horse riders and owners. They are not mistreated at all.

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luqe110 April 20 2014 at 11:51 PM

There are an awful amount of people with nothing better to do,with their lives than go around making areal pain in the ass of themselves. The horse and carriage thing has been a part of New York for,as long as I can remember, and I am eighty years old. COMEONMAN, STOPIT!

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