Actor Liam Neeson took some City Council members on a tour of a Manhattan horse stable over the weekend as he tries to rally support for the city's horse carriage industry.
Neeson joined carriage drivers and animal caretakers at the Clinton Park Stables to show exactly how the horses are treated.
The actor says the carriages should remain in the city because they provide jobs and keep tradition alive.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials want to ban the practice, saying the horses are poorly treated, but Neeson disagrees.
"These horses are well cared for. They mayor wants to replace them with electric cars. That's exactly what New York needs, more cars. This experiment has been tried with electric cars in San Francisco: Failed, abysmally" Neeson said.
Neeson invited the mayor to tour the stables, but he declined.
At a separate event Sunday, Mayor de Blasio said his mind is made up.
"I used to be someone who thought the carriages were a part of life in New York City and I traveled my own journey, coming to the view that it really didn't make sense anymore. And I saw that a lot of other cities around the world have banned the horse carriages," De Blasio said.
The mayor says he does plan to visit the stables when his schedule permits, and that the city will work with carriage operators on new opportunities.
The horse drawn carriage association says it will take its fight to court if it has to.