Neeson vs. Baldwin

Jan. 19 2009, Updated 1:03 p.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) Actor Liam Neeson, who is now a resident of New York City, has written a letter to the City Council opposing the attempt to ban horse-drawn carriages.

According to the Irish Echo, the Irish actor writes, "As a horse lover and rider, I am deeply disturbed by the unnecessary and misguided political and extreme rhetoric against the horse-drawn carriage industry.

"As a proud New York resident, I have personally enjoyed the beauty of Central Park on a daily basis for many years, and these horses are an undeniable integral part of that experience."

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Neeson goes up against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Alec Baldwin, among others, who fiercely oppose the carriage trade. They have made a documentary film, Blinders, advocating their position. Pink and rocker Chrissie Hynde also support PETA.

A hearing will be held on the matter January 30.

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