Actress Lea Michele has urged New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to replace the Big Apple's iconic carriage horses with classic cars after one of the animals died in Midtown Manhattan.
The Glee star has long supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (Peta) bid to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city and she was horrified to discover a mare collapsed during a walk around Central Park earlier this month (Oct11).
She told her fans, "Just woke up to the saddest news about one of the carriage horses dying the midtown Nyc (sic). This has to stop! Please."
Now the actress has personally penned a letter to Bloomberg to urge him to approve a bill replacing the carriages with classic cars.
Michele writes, "As a New York City native, I was saddened to learn from my friends at Peta that one of the horses used by the city's carriage industry collapsed and died in Midtown... It was a tragic end for a beleaguered horse, and such incidents also put vehicles and passersby in danger.
"With the number of horse-drawn carriage accidents and related deaths rising, it's painfully clear that these animals do not belong on busy city streets.
"I urge you to support Intro. 86A, which would replace horse-drawn carriages with safe, vintage-replica electric cars. The eco-friendly 'horseless carriages' would attract tourists with old New York glamour, protect carriage drivers' jobs by offering them first rights to the car medallions, and allow for the approximately 220 horses currently working in the carriage industry to be retired to sanctuaries. Please join other city council members in supporting Intro. 86A."