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TODAY   |  December 31, 2013

NYC mayor-elect to ban horse-drawn carriages

Bill de Blasio says that one of his first acts after taking office as mayor of New York city this week will be to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. He calls it inhumane to expose the horses to the city’s dangerous streets. While animal rights advocacy groups applaud de Blasio’s pledge, some carriage operators anticipate a contentious dispute over the proposed ban.

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>> if you're planning a trip to new york, you may want to get here soon if you're interested in one institution which could soon ride into the sunset. the city's new mayor, well, the mayor elect at this point says he plans to do away with the horse drawn carriages.

>> they're not humane and they're not appropriate to the year 2014 . it's over.

>> wow.

>> he didn't give a timetable for the phase out. animal rights advocates are cheering the announcement though carriage drivers are planning to fight back. he says he wants to replace those carriages potentially with alternatives. perhaps an antique style electric car to what one critic responded, just what manhattan needs, more cars.

>> the people that drive and take care of the horses say they do so in a humane fashion. they're not allowed on the streets in temperatures that dip below a certain degree. the mayor says he will prevail.