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Several dozen picketers lined the sidewalk outside of Liam Neeson's Upper West Side apartment building on Saturday to protest the actor's support of the New York City carriage horse industry.

The demonstrators, mostly from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS),carried signs that accused Neeson of supporting cruelty to animals.

 

Neeson has gone on the record strongly taking issue with the activists' claim that the horses are being mistreated. He appeared on the Daily Show in February to criticize Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised in his campaign to ban the carriages and replace them with vintage-style electric cars.

"These organizations, they want to put out all this false information about how these horses are treated, and these guys treat the horses like their children," Neeson told Jon Stewart on the show.

The first of the controversial electric cars made its New York City debut on Thursday at the New York International Auto Show.

So far, no legislation banning the industry has reached the City Council.

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