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Actor Liam Neeson caught in the middle of NYC horse carriage debate

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:04 PM -

During his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio took a stance against Central Park's horse-drawn carriages, arguing that the animals work in unhealthy and "inhumane" conditions.

Now that he's in office he'd like to do something about the 150 year-old tradition, by replacing the horses with electric antique vehicles that would be operated by the same carriage drivers.

It's sparked a debate that shows no signs of slowing down.


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In retaliation, the Daily News has launched a campaign in favour of the attraction while animal rights activists have banded together in support.

Somewhere, in the midst of all this, Hollywood actor Liam Neeson has gotten involved. 

On Saturday, a group protested outside of Neeson's New York home in response to an op-ed he penned for the New York Times, criticizing Mayor de Blasio's plans to outlaw the carriages.

Neeson argues that  the horses are cared for and the industry is well-regulated, despite the mayor's claims.

A law would have to be approved by the city council before any horses are removed from New York City streets -- but so far, councilors are split on the issue.

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