The city's horse carriages have been a point of contention between animal advocates, who say that a life working in the loud traffic and smog of the city's streets is inhumane, and carriage drivers, who say that the horses are treated well and support dozens of jobs. A solution supported by many was the introduction of the antique-style "eCarriage," a battery-powered vehicle modeled after a turn-of-the-century touring car. The carriage horse drivers could switch to these vehicles and keep their jobs, while tourists could continue to see the city in style.
As for the horses, sanctuaries and farms will likely adopt retired carriage horses, and many have already offered to do so. Organizations like The Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA have offered to help with the transition as well.
On the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, Feldman said that many different organizations have "pledged to provide adoption homes and lifetime funding for the care" of the retired carriage horses. Now, it remains to be seen when a City Council bill will, as Councilman Rodriguez said, get the horses off New York's streets.