“The Sopranos” star Edie Falco is making New Yorkers an offer she says they shouldn’t refuse – to ban the horse carriage industry.
Animal rights activist Falco describes a six-figure cable TV ad bankrolled for clean livable and safe roads by horse carriage group New Yorkers, urging the city council and Lame Duck Mayor Bill de Blasio – and possibly the next Mayor Eric Adams – To end what she describes as the degrading horse carriage industry.
Videos of injured and fallen horses emerge as she speaks.
“New York is back – and so is the abuse of carriage horses. Please don’t look away. Why are horses still pulling carts in traffic?” Falco said in a 30-second commercial that aired on NY1, MSNBC, CNN, Animal Planet, CNBC and Lifetime.
“Sick and injured, worked to death, violent accidents… These animals feel pain, they feel terror, they bleed just like we do.”
Falco urges viewers to take action.
“Call your NYC council member: Tell them to ban carriage horses in 2021,” she says.
Horse riding is a major tourist attraction on the streets around Central Park and labor leaders argued that horsemen should not be put out of work.
De Blasio campaigned for a ban on horse carts in 2013—and NYCLASS helped get him elected—but he failed to get the city council along and pushed to keep the rides inside Central Park.
A spokesman said Adams, the Democratic nominee for mayor, opposes the ban but is open to discussing reforms in the industry.
Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliva has backed the ban on the carriage industry, saying it is “barbaric” to walk horses in traffic. He supports switching to electric-powered carriage rides around Central Park.
In recent days, a violent accident between a horse and a vehicle was captured on video, and another sick horse with a severely swollen leg and an alleged infection pulled a cart in Central Park. The photo was taken.
NYCLASS has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars influencing local elections. During the Democratic primary for mayor, the group ran ads attacking candidate Andrew Yang. Similarly, animal rights groups aided de Blasio’s first campaign mayor by running ads attacking a rival, former council president Christine Quinn.