Back in August, New York City’s Department of Transportation submitted new rules to relocate horse-drawn carriages pickups to inside Central Park.
Most likely, these new regulations were done at the behest of Mayor Bill DeBlasio who has sought to shut down the horse carriages almost since he has been elected. Fortunately, according to the New York Post, one of the horse carriage owners sued the city in Manhattan Superior Court and a judge ruled against the city stating the agency lacked the regulatory authority to carry out its proposal.
Had the city’s horse carriage rules gone unchallenged, carriage pick ups would be limited to only three areas inside Central Park and would have had a detrimental effect on the ability of the horse-drawn carriages to continue operating.
While they differed on the means, animal rights groups both agreed on the same ends. Friends for Animals and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets ultimately want the horse-drawn carriages shut down. The city will be back in court February 8th and hopes to convince a judge to allow its rule changes to go ahead as planned.
Thankfully, the New York City horse carriages prevailed but they are not out of the woods yet. They and their customers may still experience harassment at the hands of groups, such as Friends for Animals, like was seen when the below video footage was taken.