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Photos of the Day: Liam Neeson’s Home Swarmed by Animal Advocates

Written by Michelle Kretzer | April 21, 2014

For horse foe Liam Neeson, home is where the protest is. Nearly 70 animal advocates from PETA and horse-protection group New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) descended on the actor’s home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday.

Neeson has been publicly criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to retire the abused horses who are forced to pull carriages through the city’s congested streets, dodging traffic and inhaling exhaust fumes.

So animal advocates, armed with posters of New York City carriage accidents that have left horses dead and people in the hospital, brought the cruelty of the carriage industry to Neeson’s front door. Reporters from more than 100 media outlets captured the scene.

New York Horse-Drawn Carriage Protest in front of Liam Neeson's Apartment (1)

New York Horse-Drawn Carriage Protest in front of Liam Neeson's Apartment (3)

Neeson shares the building with several other celebrity residents, including Regis Philbin and animal advocate Howard Stern. While Neeson didn’t make an appearance, many of his neighbors did and were quite receptive to the protesters.

Perhaps that’s because Neeson is the only celebrity who is fighting to keep horses on New York City streets. Plenty of stars have spoken out against the cruel spectacle, including Adrien Brody, Peter Dinklage, Lea Michele, Wendy Williams, Kathy Najimy, Dave Navarro, Alicia Silverstone, Jillian Michaels, Pamela Anderson, Alec Baldwin, P!nk, Cornelia Guest, Miley Cyrus, Martina Navratilova, Chrissie Hynde, Jon Stewart, and Kristen Johnston.

Mayor de Blasio’s plan would result in a win-win situation. It will replace horse-drawn carriages with safer, eco-friendly classic cars. All the horses will be adopted, and the carriage drivers will shift to a vehicle that operates in all weather extremes and accommodates more paying passengers.

Show your support for Mayor de Blasio and his commitment to horses by tweeting a message to @BilldeBlasio using the hashtag #TYDeBlasio.

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  • Rose-marie says:

    Oh no!!! Liam Neeson? I am such a big fan!! I did not expect indifference and approval of cruelty to animals from him. How disappointing…and I am sure I am not the only one.

  • betty almand says:

    It is dangerous and just plain stupid to have horse drawn carriages to be on the streets of NY. It is dangerous for the horse, and the people who are walking or drivng. The horses so often are not taken care of as they should be. They often don’t drink enough water, not allowed to rest, and are abuses by many of their caregivers. Horses hae served man in so many ways and they should be treated with respect.

  • Wendy says:

    He is always again the animals. You can tell from the movies he is in. Boycott his movies!!!

  • Thanks PETA protesters for drawing needed attention to the situation…so disappointing that he is supporting the carriage industry. Perhaps he’ll re-examine the issue and withdraw his support.

  • marina Alescekevich says:

    stop this cruelty of poor horses

  • suzie clip says:

    Yah, excellent. I hope it causes him to rethink the comments he made based on his own limited self perspective…..

  • elainey says:

    Shame on you Liam. No more Liam Neeson movies on my ‘to see” list.

  • eileen baldwin says:

    LIAM…..where did your common sense go?? Always considered you an intelligent sort??
    Duh////////?????

  • Shame on Liam Neeson!!! No more Liam Neeson movies for me!!!!

  • SHAME on Liam Neeson!!!!!!!

  • SYLVIA says:

    Bravo….. FELICITATIONS …. DE TOUT COEUR avec L’équipe de PETA

  • Bravo for Mayor de Blasio and his plan!!!Down for Neeson (shame on him!)

  • Andrea Lang says:

    As a tourist I was horrified to see what these horses are going through each day! This MUST stop.

  • Jana Sabine Strack says:

    poor horses ! shame on you Liam Neeson !

  • Gabriela says:

    That was the last time I saw any movie with this idiot. I honestly did not know he is ignorant.

  • Sarah says:

    I don’t know what happened to Liam after his wife died. Now he just makes endless hardcore action films, which included The Grey where wolves were killed in the process of filming. Sorry Liam, mindless bloodshed and cruelty aren’t cool.

  • Sarah Barrett says:

    No more Liam Neeson movies for me or my friends!

  • NO MORE CARRIAGE HORSES EVER!!!

  • Dana L Beck says:

    And, to believe, this is the guy who was in “Schindler’s List”! No more of his movies for me either…

  • Anne says:

    Screw him and his stupid face. These horses suffer… I bet he wouldn’t want to trade places with them, right? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • lbia johnson says:

    JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS RIGHT. …THEY NO A MACHINE…..STOP TO FORSE WORK.

  • Ingrid Katzberg says:

    Shame on you!! I will never watch another movie with Liam Neeson again! It was really disappointing to hear this news!!! Any human being that doesn’t feel the pain for another living being has no conscience!!!

  • I tweeted a message to Mayor Bill DeBlasio asking him to end the horse-drawn carriage business, just like he said he would. Horses DO NOT belong in large cities.

  • Jac Campbell says:

    He is disgusting and frighteningly dilusional

  • Tom Bohrman says:

    without a second thought, i am very against animal cruelty — even to tears, but please help me understand this particular article. i can also be dense and naive, but what is it about horse-drawn carriages that is cruel and abusive? i am looking for a respectful answer to an innocent question. thanks to all!

  • Stephanie Heney says:

    Liam Neeson’s nanny is married to one of the horse carriage drivers, that’s why he’s supporting them. Shame on you Liam!

  • Angelena says:

    Liam Neilson if anyone sees his movies on the shelf take a wide berth I know I will and I hope my friends ban his movies from their homes too.

  • kathryn scearce says:

    I believe it is wonderful how many stars are against animal cruelty. I read more and more stories on how wildlife, marine life are killed and abused. Horses are a true love of my life, so
    this was upsetting to say the least. I hope all the advocates are blessed for the many ways they make a difference.

  • Ann coleman says:

    Did not know that , off my movie list too

  • Sharon says:

    No more movies staring Liam Neeson for me

    • lisa says:

      Liam Neeson what’s wrong with you? did you ever think about the horse, pulling that carriage around on the street, with cars, people, the pollution, it doesn’t get a drink when it needs to, all day pulling that thing around , they have no choice, because they can’t make a choice, that’s why we are here to make the choice for them, its wrong Mr liam, well we see now that you really don’t care…. well I will never see another one of your movies again… I used to be in love with you I don’t like you anymore…

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