Lawmakers Seek End of Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 8:16 AM EDT
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Lawmakers Seek End of Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: A horse and carriage pass through Central Park as the foliage begins to turn colors October 13, 2003 in New York City. New Yorkers enjoyed sunny skies and a high of 72 degrees today, but forecasts for Tuesday call for rain and cooler temperatures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

After two accidents in two weeks, two state legislators are pushing to outlaw horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets.

Sen. Tony Avello and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal are demanding the city end the tradition before more horses are injured or killed.

The lawmakers say the rising number of accidents of horses scared by the noises of the city or colliding with cars and trucks require that the practice end.

Supporters of the carriages have long said the horses are treated well and that the tradition, especially in Central Park, is important to the city's tourist trade.

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