Holden rails against city council for failing to pass horse carriage ban

City Council legislation designed to outlaw the horse carriage industry in New York City has failed to garner support after more than a year of advocacy and a slew of infamous incidents, prompting on Wednesday heavy criticism from the bill’s sponsors and equine advocates.

The legislation sought to replace the decades-old carriage industry — whose critics charge is antiquated and rife with abuses that exploit and even kill horses — with electric antique vehicles to chauffeur New Yorkers and tourists around Central Park and other Manhattan hotspots.