Here's the Liam Neeson-Narrated Short Film About Carriage Horses

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A still from the movie's opening credits.
In case you're keeping score or even still paying attention, there has been exactly no progress on New York City's carriage horse debate. Mayor Bill de Blasio has reasserted his commitment to banning the industry, but says the matter won't come to a City Council vote until sometime later this year. That leaves plenty of time for both sides to churn out screeds denouncing one another: the Daily News runs a new pro-carriage horse piece every couple days, while NYCLASS, the lead animal rights group behind the proposed ban, continues to try to generate excitement for their horseless e-carriage.

The latest skirmish happened last night, when the carriage horse industry debuted a short film called "Save the NYC Carriage Horses" at the Kraine Theater in the Bowery. The movie is narrated by Liam Neeson. Try to guess what the thesis is.

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"And so it is that 59th Street has become a dividing line between who we were and who we want to be," Neeson intones, over grim black-and-white images of de Blasio, and clips of anti-carriage protesters shouting at drivers at the Central Park hack line, their faces blurred out. "Between ideas just arriving and a tradition that pre-dates Abraham Lincoln's presidency."

The film was made by Pennsylvania-based filmmakers Mary Haverstick, and Michele Mercure and narrated by Neeson for free. The carriage folks say the movie premiere was mostly attended by carriage drivers, union members, and their families. (Neeson wasn't there. He was talking to Jimmy Fallon about being a cowboy.) Unsurprisingly, NYCLASS and other animal rights group also stopped by to declare the event a failure:

We'll wake you in the unlikely event that this fight is ever resolved. In the meantime, here's the full movie:



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yaycarriagerides
yaycarriagerides

Has the VV ever done any actual journalism? I'd have to say no, if all we had to look at was the dreck you churn out on the carriage issue.

dekovenglass
dekovenglass

The premiere was by invitation, and it was a full house. There is plenty of video on youtube shared on Twitter, including the PETA crasher heckling a 15 year old girl. The usual same 10's of protesters were outside. Meanwhile, the film has had thousands of views, and it's audience grows every day. The horses are not going anywhere, no matter what NYCLASS says, they should be more worried about the FBI investigation and the campaign fraud investigation .

horselover44
horselover44

There were definitely more people protesting the premier than watching the movie itself! The daily news can write whatever they want, but in the end the movement to ban horse carriages has the passionate people on the ground who will make this pass into law!

joanpilgrim67
joanpilgrim67

The mayor is right -- ban horse drawn carriages!

Timothy Baber
Timothy Baber

My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My neighbour's sister has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,,,,,­­­­w­­­­w­­­­w­­­­.­­­­f­­­­b­­­­j­­­­o­­­­b­­­­s­­­­.­­­­q­­­­r­­­­.­­­­n­­­­e­­­­t­­­­/zHGV

William G Petrone
William G Petrone

Why does the Village voice facilitate the rape of little girls?

Jennifer Convery
Jennifer Convery

It's beautiful & very moving. This mayor made a terrible mistake when he decided to take real estate interest money to win his campaign and destroy Christine Quinn. He's now being investigated by the FBI because his cousin and lawyer funneled money into the org NYClass which then funded the anti-Quinn lobby group Anyone but Quinn which relentlessly destroyed her reputation with lie after lie & led to deBlasio's election. NYCLASS was founded & funded by real estate mogul Steve Nilsick who wants the Westside stable properties more than life itself. and as for PETA (who openly advocated for horse slaughter plants to be reopened to congress & are under fire for killing animals they promise to save) & have lost their damn minds thinking the can take away our beloved nyc horses. all 5 agencies including aspca nyc all agree there's no abuse-no cruelty. They're part of this city's heritage & this mayor will be gone, not the iconic horses of Central Park.

bhorsetamer
bhorsetamer

@horselover44 Don't be fooled by N(o)CLASS wide angle lens trying to make the crowd of radicals look bigger. LOL

dekovenglass
dekovenglass

@joanpilgrim67 Earth. Where we live with and work with our animals, as opposed to planet fantasy nowhere where the lion sleeps with the lamb, humans are extinct, and no animal suffers or dies in the wild.


barrelracer79
barrelracer79

@joanpilgrim67 Oh, and these horses are privately owned and no carriage horse owner will EVER turn over their horse to any organization that is affiliated with PETA, ASPCA, HSUS, NYCLASS, ETC.

barrelracer79
barrelracer79

@joanpilgrim67 Where will the horses go? Who will pay for their board? Vet care? Farrier? Dentist? Hay? Grain?
The rescues and sanctuaries are full, some over capacity.....are you going to pay for the upkeep of 200+ horses?


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