Around 50 animal rights supporters held a protest in front of ‘Taken’ star Liam Neeson’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The protesters gathered on the sidewalk in front of the 61-year-old actor’s home to voice their opinion after Neeson showed his support to the city’s horse-drawn carriage industry, reported New York Times.
The activists brought some signs which read, “Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!” and “Worked to Death!” with a photo of a dead horse. One of the activists, Peter Wood, explained his view to the news outlet, “It’s 2014, not 1914. It’s time for a change.”
“Horses don’t belong in traffic, surrounded by buses,” Wood, who lives in Manhattan, continued. “They don’t belong in the city; it’s outdated, it’s cruel. Life attached to a carriage with a poop bag attached to your rear end – that’s no life.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio has revealed plans to ban horse-drawn carriage industry, claiming that the horses are treated inhumanly. The horse-drawn carriage ban is supported by some celebrities such as Lea Michele, Pink and Peter Dinklage.
Neeson, however, argued that the horse were not mistreated. “It has been my experience, always, that horses, much like humans, are at their happiest and healthiest when working,” he said, calling the horse-drawn carriage “humane industry that is well regulated by New York City’s Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Consumer Affairs.”