Award Winning actress Anjelica Huston has declined an invitation from The Horse and Carriage Association of New York City to visit their facility, after she made a call for the ban of the service.
“Ms. Huston has been badly misled about our industry and the care we give our beloved horses,” the Horse and Carriage Association said in a recent statement.
“The organizations that she has misguidedly aligned herself with have a long history of lying about the carriage horses and of having ulterior political motives,” it added
The Irish-American actress recently penned a letter to House Speaker Christine Quinn, in which she called for a ban on the horse drawn carriages.
The New York Daily News reported that the 'Smash' star wrote the letter on March 1 on behalf of PETA in support of Intro 86A, legislation to gradually phase-out the carriages and replace them with environmentally-sound classic cars.
“It’s surprising to me that a city known for its progressive spirit still allows this cruel and dangerous tourist trap,” Huston wrote.
“Several accidents over the past few months highlight the immense safety hazard and lack of regulation of this industry,” the letter continued.
“At the end of 2011, within just a couple of weeks, two horses collapsed in the middle of traffic and one nearly hit several taxis on 59th Street.”
In response, the Horse and Carriage Association sent Huston an invitation to their stables.
“Unfortunately, Ms. Huston has been badly misled about our industry and the care we give our beloved horses. The organizations that she has misguidedly aligned herself with have a long history of lying about the carriage horses and of having ulterior political motives,” the statement added.
Huston’s publicist replied responded to the association’s invitation, stating, “Anjelica Huston's conversation on horse-drawn carriages is with Christine Quinn”.
The Horse and Carriage Association of New York City, Inc. is a non-profit organization chartered in 2000 to promote and protect New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, its horses and its history.