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Protesters Gather Demanding End to Horse-Drawn Carriages

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The battle over horse-drawn carriages in the city heated up as protesters gathered at City Hall Thursday.

They want horse-drawn carriages removed from city streets, saying they're unsafe and inhumane.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his campaign that he would ban them, but has not yet acted on it.

Supporters say the horses are treated fine and are key to tourism.

Both sides showed up to plead their case.

"Everyday those horses are out there, they're at risk and the public is in danger. Horses do no belong in Midtown Manhattan," said Friends of Animals campaign director Edita Birnkrant.

"People love animals and they like to interact with animals and animals need a purpose in life too and they need to be cared for," another person said.

The issue also got some attention last month when a runaway horse in Central Park hit a taxi.

A horseless electric carriage has been proposed as an alternative.

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