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New York’s horse-drawn carriages may soon be a thing of the past

The sight of New York's iconic horse-drawn carriages poking their way through Midtown traffic could soon become one of a past era. The New York of the future, according to animal rights groups, would feature tours of Central Park via electric buggy -- and according to Reuters, both mayoral candidates support their vision.

Activists have long opposed hansom cabs, which they call "inhumane, unsafe and anachronistic." At a press event with New York Class, an animal rights group, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said: "We are in the biggest, densest urban area in North America. It is not a place for horses. They are not meant to be in traffic jams."

The carriage's fans, on the other hand, bemoan the loss of a "very New York" tradition. And the cab's drivers, naturally, oppose a ban:

Christina Hansen, a carriage driver from Kentucky who has become the face of the industry in New York, says de Blasio and his Republican opponent Joe Lhota have it all wrong.

"We bred horses to be powerful, willing partners in our civilization," said Hansen, who wore a long coat and feathered felt hat. "They project their own human emotions onto horses."

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