When actor Liam Neeson visited Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" this week, he had a lot more to talk about than his new film. The actor spent nearly half of his interview discussing the horse carriage ban in New York City, a promise made by new Mayor Bill de Blasio during his electoral race. Neeson has spoken out on the issue before, claiming that the animals would "go to the glue factory" after the ban went into effect -- a fact that has been vehemently denied by people involved.
In a discussion with Stewart, Neeson says that the horse carriage industry "made the roads of New York.... These guys treat these horses like their children."
It's less clear why Neeson feels so strongly about the issue, but Allie Feldman of NYCLASS, the main group fighting for the ban, says that the actor is close friend with some of the drivers. "I know a couple of guys," he adds on the show.
Despite Neeson's claims, the horses are likely destined for happier homes once the ban goes into effect, as The Dodo reported last month.