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PETA to protest at horse carriage driver Saverio Colarusso's trial

A horse that pulls a carriage is seen

A horse that pulls a carriage is seen near Central Park in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images/AFP/Stan Honda

PETA is planning a demonstration outside Manhattan Criminal Court Monday with a makeshift crime scene involving a life-size injured horse surrounded by crime scene tape, according to PETA officials.

The animal rights group, which has led calls to ban horse drawn carriages, will be protesting while Saverio Colarusso, a horse carriage driver, goes on trial on animal cruelty charges. He allegedly rode his horse for days in Central Park this past December while it was injured.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is strongly considering banning the horse drawn carriages, but the move has seen opposition from the union that represents the drivers.

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