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Opponents of the ban on New York City's horse carriages have been coming out in full force since Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to end the carriage rides. Now, actor Liam Neeson is joining the cause to keep the horses, saying he will do whatever he can to stop the ban.

Neeson told The New York Post's Andrea Peyser that a ban would be "criminal."

“This is an iconic, historic part of New York," he said.

 

“The horses are incredibly well-treated. They’re regulated up the wazoo. They get five weeks’ holiday every year," he added.

The actor's comments come after de Blasio announced at a press conference on Dec. 30 that the days of horse-drawn carriages in New York City are over, calling the practice inhumane.

"We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City," he said.

De Blasio said he wants to replace the carriages with electric antique cars.

Neeson said he believes the horses will be killed if the carriages are banned. He plans to write a letter to the mayor.

"I'll do whatever I can," he said.

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