Rides ran Saturday for the first time since March after being shut down due to the pandemic.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed By Suspect Following Crash
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.
They claim that not only are the horses mistreated, but mask rules are not being followed.READ MORE: Sen. Chuck Schumer Urges Feds To Release $5 Billion To Address Mental Health Problems Stemming From Pandemic
“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.MORE NEWS: Newark Public Schools Resume In-Person Learning Monday
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