You can now mark down PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, though my own personal PETA chapter stands for “People Eating Tasty Animals”) as part of the Democratic Party establishment whose demands must now be met. Back on January 1 of this year I noted that New York’s incoming Sandinista Mayor Bill DeBlasio was promising to shut down New York’s horse-drawn carriages—not because of horse dung or other remote public health threat (that would have made sense 100 years ago), but because the PETAmatons believe harnessing a horse violates human rights, or something.
Today the New York Times reports that DeBlasio is ready to make good on this promise, along the way ratifying that the PETAmatons call the tune every bit as much as Al Sharpton:
The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to introduce legislation this month that would eliminate the New York City horse-drawn carriage industry, fulfilling a promise by the mayor to animal-rights activists who played a key role in securing his campaign victory last year. (Emphasis added.)
Mr. de Blasio had pledged “on day one” to rid Central Park of its signature four-legged tourist attraction, a Victorian vestige that has been decried as torture by horse advocates who say the animals are mistreated and vulnerable to accidents when traversing Midtown streets.
But as always, there’s a Hollywood exception:
The bill would also prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages throughout the city, with exceptions allowed for film sets and some parades.
Why should Hollywood have an exception? Why can’t they just use CGI horses? And guess who doesn’t like this? Organized labor:
As news of the mayor’s bill spread on Monday morning, the Teamsters union representing the Central Park carriage drivers objected in strenuous terms.
“This is awful news to give a working family just before the holidays,” George Miranda, president of the Teamsters local, wrote in a statement.
More evidence that liberals today don’t care a fig about the working class. It’s the cultural elite and radical pleaders who get their way.