“The Sopranos” star Edie Falco gives New Yorkers an offer she says they should not refuse – to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry.
Animal rights activist Falco tells the six-digit cable TV ad run by the New Yorkers anti-horse-drawn carriage group for Clean Livable and Safe Streets, and calls on city council and lame duck mayor Bill de Blasio — and probably next mayor Eric Adams — to to stop what she describes as the violent horse-drawn carriage industry.
Videos of injured and fallen horses are shown while she speaks.
“New York is back – and so is the abuse of carriage horses. Please do not look away. Why do horses still pull carts in traffic? Falco says in the 30-second ad to be broadcast on NY1, MSNBC, CNN, Animal Planet, CNBC and Lifetime.
“Sick and wounded, worked to death, violent crashes … These animals feel pain, they feel terror, they bleed just like we do.”
Falco encourages viewers to take action.
“Call your NYC councilor: tell them to ban the transportation of horses in 2021,” she says.
Horse-drawn carriage rides on the streets around Central Park are a major tourist attraction, and supervisors argued that riders should not be left without work.
De Blasio fought to ban horse-drawn carriages in 2013 – and NYCLASS helped get him elected – but he failed to get the city council to follow suit and has been pushing to keep the rides inside Central Park.
Adams, the Democratic candidate for mayor, is against a ban but is open to discussions on industry reform, a spokesman said.
Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa supports the ban on the wagon industry, saying it is “barbaric to have horses trotting in traffic.” He supports shifts to electric-powered rides around Central Park.
In recent days, a violent collision between a horse and a vehicle was captured on video, and another sick horse was photographed pulling a carriage in Central Park with a severely swollen leg and a reported infection.
NYCLASS has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars influencing local elections. During the Democratic primary for mayor, the group published ads attacking candidate Andrew Yang. Similarly, the animal rights group de Blasio’s first campaign mayor helped by showing ads attacking a rival, former council president Christine Quinn.