NYC Aims to Ban Horses, Create Stable of Electric Cars

By Eric Scheiner | January 2, 2014 | 12:41pm EST

When it comes to horse-drawn carriages in NYC, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “It’s over.”

Sworn into office by Bill Clinton yesterday, de Blasio aims to replace the horse-drawn carriages that have historically pulled visitors through Central Park with electric cars.

Antique-style design electric cars are currently what are being considered. The mayor's team says the plan to go retro in style and modern electric in horsepower will help save the carriage workers' jobs that would otherwise end with the ban.

So possibly in the near future, during a trip to NYC tourists can look forward to - getting into an electric car.

“No tourist comes to New York City just to ride on a horse carriage," Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS, an animal rights group, told CNN.

De Blasio says horse carriages are “not humane” and are cruel to the animals.

A horse-drawn carriage in Central Park (AP photo)

A FOX5 report shows that carriage owners are interested in meeting with de Blasio to show him first hand the treatment and condition of the animals. In the meantime, they are prepared to fight any ban on horse-drawn carriages in court.

It could take a few months for the bill to ban horse-drawn carriages to get passed by the city council and receive the mayor’s signature.

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