Tourist complaints to the city are documented and have been ignored. It should be obvious to even the casual observer that conditions in New York City could never be modified in a way that would make would it safe or humane to operate horse-drawn carriages safely or humanely. It really is that simple.
Traffic is a prime example. Two of the carriage stables (on W. 37th and W. 38th streets) are approximately two miles from Central Park, a situation that forces the carriage horses to travel four miles a day in some of the worst traffic of any city in the world-past the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. Have you seen it at rush hour?
As if the danger to horses and humans weren't real enough, giving the horses a good quality of life is not a priority. It can't be, when horses are put in harm's way for profit and entertainment and live in firetrap industrial warehouse buildings without daily turnout and socialization.
Liam Neeson Is Protecting Drivers' Business Interests, Not Horses
Reporters and celebrities who wouldn't know a box stall from shower stall have been invited to visit stables and take part in photo opportunities, as part of a public relations campaign to sway the public from supporting a ban. Hosing down feces-stained walls and removing urine-soaked bedding in advance of a photo op with Liam Neeson may impress news media, but it's obvious that they neither know nor care that New York City carriage horses live in stables that are less than one-half the size recommended by independent horse experts. And if there was any doubt before, it's now crystal clear that local news media are on a mission to keep the truth from you.