Horse-drawn carriages have drawn tourists to Central Park like flies to horse poop since at least World War II. Mayor Bill De Blasio, however, has been galloping towards ending the industry since the early days of his campaign on the grounds of inhumane treatment and animal cruelty. But four months after being sworn in, De Blasio has yet to pony up any legislation.
In a Google Hangout (can you believe that’s actually the technical term?) on Friday, De Blasio said he expected the ban to go into effect sometime this year, saying that “a humane society doesn’t do that to animals.”
But despite De Blasio’s vow to pass ban within the year, the proposal seems to continuously stirrup (Get it? Stirrup? Like on a saddle?) controversy.
In response to the claim that the industry was inhumane, longtime carriage driver Joe* said, “That’s a malicious, hallucinatory lie.” Read more…