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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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Bill April 20 2014 at 5:17 PM

KEEP the carriages and those who care for the horses. The mayor is NUTS, but then he's just one more idiot running this country--in his case from a small desk as mayor. As for NYC, GET A NEW MAYOR. I've worked for companies that own carriages and the horses are special and well trained and cared for OR they would NOT pull a carriage at all. MEAN and unpredictable horses DO NOT pull carriages. Just ask ANYONE using a carriage in a parade. OH NO!. Does this mean PARADES ARE AT RISK BECAUSE OF De Studpido?

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gbar879 April 20 2014 at 8:18 PM

This is alllll about MONEY, there is a big developer behind DeBlasio who wants the land the stable sit on for a high rise.

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fairway7000 gbar879 April 20 2014 at 8:29 PM

Very well said, "Charlie don't surf," " This kerfuffle is little more than manufactured horsebleep." and, " This is political correctness gone amuck, and Bill De Blasio is the mucker." Very good point and clear as day for anyone with any sense to see.

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shad21ow gbar879 April 20 2014 at 9:32 PM

what a high rise , oh no that cant happen the electric it uses , the sewer, the oil or gas for heat , global warming, get a real life people ,

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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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eddie lopez April 20 2014 at 8:18 PM

This kerfuffle is little more than manufactured horsebleep.

For one, Liam Neeson hails from a land where the Draught horse reigns supreme as the national steed.

Bred for size, strength and durability, Ireland's hearty equine routinely stands 17 hands. Not only did they formerly pull plow blades through imposssibly rocky crop fields in pre-Hunger times, but they also pulled the family wagon to church on Sunday, and to the local market and back.

During various fairs and craic gatherings, Draught horses were sufficiently fleet to run as race horses.

They were bred for this life, much as New York's carriage horses ae bred for theirs.

New York's carriage horses retire at 26 and take five weeks off a year. Some are occasonally spotted playing slots in Atlantic City, with a sleek filly in tow.

By any measure they are not mistreated.

This is political correctness gone amuck, and Bill De Blasio is the mucker.

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lgvxl42 eddie lopez April 20 2014 at 8:26 PM

.............Playing slots?........A filly in tow?..........Good stuff!!!

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fairway7000 lgvxl42 April 20 2014 at 8:57 PM

Yes, very good indeed.

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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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romeo April 21 2014 at 5:03 AM

Work those old horses let them keep their job, I bet they love it! Central ParK do it another 150 years! We Have had carriage rides in Nashville for several years now and WE LOVE IT!

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