Actor Liam Neeson accused of supporting animal cruelty

Actor says he supports horse-drawn carriages in NYC

Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson's home say they don't agree with him that New York's carriage horses should keep working.

Neeson didn't appear Saturday as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his Manhattan apartment building.

They held signs with such slogans as: "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!''

The 61-year-old actor is a vocal supporter of the city's carriage horse industry.

His publicist hasn't immediately responded to a request for comment.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with electric vintage-style cars, commissioned by a group called NYCLASS.

Its members joined protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Saturday.

They say it's inhumane for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents.


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  1. Jimovitch posted on 04/19/2014 09:30 PM
    Lighten up already

    These people are getting a little (or lot) out of hand. Why aren't they protesting at the race tracks ? Those animals are in much more danger than carriage horses. And what about all the petting zoos in the country ? Think of the danger those animals are in from all those poor little kids actually petting the animals.And the city zoos ? I guess we should be turning all those poor creatures loose in our cities as opposed to the cruelty of keeping them caged up. That makes me wonder... perhaps we should ban all humans from the city streets so they won't be exposed to "traffic, pollution and possible accidents" After all, aren't we all just a higher form of animal ?

    I totally agree with Mr. Neeson and believe the carriage horses should keep working. There is little or no risk to the horses, certainly no more than pedestrians, they are a quaint rminder of days gone by, an an integral part of he tourist industry.
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