NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Horse-drawn carriage rides are officially back in Central Park again.

Rides ran Saturday for the first time since March after being shut down due to the pandemic.

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But as drivers and tourists celebrated the return, they were met with protesters who are asking the city to get the carriages off the streets again.

Horse-drawn carriage rides returned to Central Park on Oct. 4, 2020, but they were met with protests. (Credit: CBS2)

They claim that not only are the horses mistreated, but mask rules are not being followed.

“They’re showing total disregard for public safety and horse safety now. We need to end this animal abuse,” said Edita Birnkrant, executive director of NYCLASS.

The union that is affiliated with the drivers says otherwise.

“I think that the horse and carriages is iconic here in New York City, part of the transportation like the subways and buses are. I think it’s essential,” said Frank McCann, with Transport Workers Union Local 100.

McCann also said the stables are cleaned and the horses are well-treated.

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Comments (3)
  1. Barbara Steever says:

    Edita knows nothing about horses. She’s pushing an agenda that will actually harm them. A horse without a job is at high risk of becoming a homeless horse. Also, the horses are NOT mistreated. They have a higher standard of care than most horses in this country.

  2. blondie143S says:

    Horses are well cared for and healthy they love their work… Leave the carriage horses alone

  3. Kirk Carroll says:

    Protesters are stupid creatures and far less civilized than the ANIMALS they are pretending to protect. Horses love to be out and serving. But these idiots wouldn’t know that because as always they have no knowledge of the things they like to protest. No knowledge of horses, no knowledge of History, nothing. Protesters are ignorant fools in almost every situation.

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