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A few days after a carriage horse named Charlie collapsed and died in the streets of midtown Manhattan, the Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg dismissed calls for a ban on the carriage-horse industry, saying he could not imagine why “anybody wants to destroy something that is part of New York’s heritage and that tourists love.”

“Most of them [the horses] probably wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Edita Birnkrant, New York director of Friends of Animals, told the Wall Street Journal that the use of horse-drawn carriages in a bustling metropolis like New York constitutes animal abuse. As for Mr. Bloomberg’s contention that the carriage horses would be dead without work, Ms. Birnkrant said: “The mayor needs to wake up—the horses are ending up dead.”

Animal Rights Groups are planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Charlie on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 7 to 8:30 p.m at the northwest corner of Central Park South (59th Street and Fifth Avenue).

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