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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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Barry Pearson April 20 2014 at 11:54 PM

I'd like to believe these horses ar well cared for. These horses now have a job and something to
engage their minds. De Blasio would have these horese made into dog food with his name on the label "Billy's Dog Food by De Blasio" made from horse meat! These horses need a place and besides what is wrong with 150 years of tradition. Stop replacing the past with new technology or before you know we humans will be next on the "Billy's Food Label."

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kpob1 April 21 2014 at 12:15 AM

Too many others serious thing to worry about!

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jiminey99 April 21 2014 at 12:17 AM

I love animals and if there is abuse in the horse carriage industry that needs to be addressed. If the protesters are successful, one has to wonder just what would become of all those horses once they are no longer needed. I think the better course for those concerned about abuse is to address that issue directly.

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petpetdon April 21 2014 at 12:20 AM

The carriage rides are a tradition. Tell the mayor to stick it up his azz.

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The Pilot3478 April 21 2014 at 12:30 AM

That Commie De Blasio is in dire need of some Horse ****...most likly the worst Mayor in NY History

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sookeysplace The Pilot3478 April 21 2014 at 3:44 AM

Alas, he isn't a communist. We would be better off if he were.

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jbhtonto April 20 2014 at 4:38 PM

If we don't require people to work for their keep anymore, why should we require it of horses?

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les&linda April 20 2014 at 4:38 PM

The idiots 50 must not be aware on the NYC Police that use horses to protect their dumb asses ! I wish we could worry about the battered women and the kids forced to sell dope or their bodies and leave those beautiful animals alone !!

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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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