Up Close: The controversy over horse-drawn carriages

A glimpse inside the stables that house carriage horses
February 9, 2014 9:07:40 AM PST
The debate over horse-drawn carriages in New York City is getting emotional on both sides.

Few stories we've done on Up Close have ignited as much response as the controversy over the city's horse-drawn carriages.

A lot of people have very strong feelings about both the horses and the men and women who own and operate the carriage rides in Central Park.

Animal rights groups have focused on the welfare of the animals, so we begin with the horses. Diana Williams visited the Clinton Park Stables on West 52nd Street, one of four carriage stables in the city, to see how they live.

In segment 2, we are talking Allie Feldman with NY Class, the group that's been working with the City Council on a bill to ban the carriages, and Stephen Malone, horse carriage owner and a spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York.

Plus, with traffic deaths on the rise, Mayor de Blasio is launching a new campaign to protect pedestrians, but does it go far enough?

Gridlock Sam joins us to share his tips for safer streets.

Watch Up Close with Diana Williams every Sunday morning at 11:00 on Channel 7.