NYC Mayor: Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park “Inhumane,” Abortions Okay

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 31, 2013   |   1:51PM   |   New York, NY

Bill de Blasio, New York’s incoming mayor, apparently loves animals more than people. He thinks horse-drawn carriages in Central Park are “inhumane.” But abortions in New York City, which is the abortion capital of America given its ridiculously high abortion rates? No problem.

Fox News reports on de Blasio’s concern about horse-drawn carriages:

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has vowed to move quickly to outlaw the horse-drawn carriages that pull tourists around the city’s famous Central Park.

“We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio, who takes office New Year’s Day, said at a news conference Monday. “They are not humane, they are not appropriate for the year 2014. It’s over. So, just watch us do it.”

Animal-rights activists say the carriage horses are overworked and claim that the city’s traffic and pollution create an unsafe environment.

“They constantly breathe exhaust while dodging dangerous traffic,” says the website of one anti-carriage group, New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), “confined to the shafts of their carriage and their tiny stable stalls, with no access to green pastures.”

Drivers say that the horses are well-treated and receive plenty of vacation time in exchange for their work. They plan to fight de Blasio’s proposed ban in court, whenever it comes.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League told LifeNews in response: “The new mayor is ready to jump start New York by seeking to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, but it is not certain whether he will put this issue ahead of his plans to expand the number of abortion centers. De Blasio said yesterday that horse-drawn carriages are “inhumane,” and when he ran for mayor he said he was upset with the lack of abortion facilities in “underserved” areas.”