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Horse-Drawn Carriage Supporters Protest De Blasio's Stance

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Supporters of horse-drawn carriages protested Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's stance on horses in the city Wednesday.

The protesters chanted and handed out fliers in Midtown, where de Blasio spoke during a fundraiser for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets.

NYCLASS opposes having horses working in a city environment.

Carriage horse drivers and their union argued that being in the city is actually good for the horses.

"If you've worked with horses your whole life like I have and everybody here has, you know horses were bred to work, and they're very happy working," said Caitlin Chan, a supporter of horse-drawn carriages.

"You've never visited," said Conor McHugh, the manager of Clinton Park Stables. "We've asked you numerous times to visit, so at least be fair and come visit our stables."

"If horses going to be gone and you build one more luxury apartment building, it's not going to make any changes to New York City," said one protester.

"You cannot have horse-drawn carriages in Midtown Manhattan and ever make it safe and humane for the horses," said Edita Birnkrant, New York director of Friends of Animals.

The union, which represents carriage horse drivers, endorsed Bill de Blasio earlier this year, even though de Blasio has promised to ban horse carriages if he is mayor. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP