Oliva Munn Asks: What Does Supporting Horse-Drawn Carriages “Say About You?”

Actress Olivia Munn of the TV show Perfect Couple spent her St. Patrick’s Day drinking green beer with Today Show host Hota Kotb and discussing the fact that 1 in 4 women don’t like the way they were proposed to.

Hota mentioned that she enjoyed her proposal, when her (now ex-) husband asked her to marry him on a horse-drawn carriage ride in New York’s Central Park. As soon as Hota says the word “carriage,” you can see Olivia’s smile fade and a look of disgust washes over her.

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Olivia mocks the host (only somewhat playfully), saying:

Did you guys just watch an 80s chick flick? …And then go off…and then did you realize that it’s really horrible to ride in those carriages with those poor horses?”

And then

“You accepted a proposal in a carriage ride in Central Park. What does that say about you?”

Kotb said she thought it meant she was “romantic.” And all Olivia could do was grab her beer.

You can learn more about the abuse and hardships horses in the carriage industry face — and fight to end horse cruelty in New York City by signing our petition to the New York City Council.

Olivia — unlike, apparently, Hoda — knows the cruelty behind horse-drawn carriages and has spoken out against them in the past.

In fact, Olivia says her worst romantic date would involve a horse-drawn carriage. She told PETA:

“The least romantic thing to do in New York or any other city is going on horse-drawn carriage rides…[I]f you knew the pain and misery these beautiful animals endure just to fulfill the false symbol of uniting two hearts, it would actually break your heart. To see the horses in the harsh, cold weather being forced to cart people around is the farthest thing from romantic in my opinion.”

Join Olivia Munn, Lea Michele, and other compassionate celebs (and more than 45,000 Care2 members!) in the fight against horse drawn carriages.

And if you care about this important issue, please share the action with your friends — especially those in New York — so that we can have a maximum impact and ban New York horse carriage abuse once and for all.

Photo via Tomas Fano on flickr.


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

I find absolutely nothing romantic about the way these Horses are treated. It should be banned in all cities. I've signed that petition awhile back,thanks for posting it.

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun6 years ago

Thank you for the info.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn6 years ago

its very romantic but it would be better if the horses weren't abused

Grace Johnson
Grace Johnson6 years ago

makes you think

Marsha Andrews
Marsha Andrews6 years ago

In reference: * Suzen R. says:
I do not know about NY but we have them in Chicago too. They are well taken care of. Why lump all horses that are pulling carts into one category.

PETA is full of shit. So many of their videos are lies. They just like to stir up controversy. They do not actually care about animals. They like raising money.

Marsha A. in reference to Suzen R's comment:
Lumping all horses into the same category is just plain stupid. That isn't even the problem. What we're trying to change is the mistreatment of carriage horses in NYC, that do not operate under the same welfare system for carriage horses as you as is in place in Chicago. Just because the horses are treated well in Chicago does not mean they are treated well in another city such as NYC. You sound extremely naive. Why not take your awareness of how this should be changed and ask NYC to use Chicago's a actions to a humane approach.

And at this time quit bitching about PETA. Right now we're concerned about changing, or eliminating the carriage horses in NYC. Put your knowledge to better use.

Holly c6 years ago


Robert G.
Robert G6 years ago

To L. M. remember when you point a finger there are three fingers pointing back at you.

L. M.

Lynne R - I guess you are both selfish and stupid. I said YOU should not be using cats to catch mice. YOU should be keeping the cats that you are responsible for inside where they can be safe. If you dirty untidy home has attracted some mice, you could try cleaning it and avoid leaving food crumbs all around, YOU can be compassionate toward mice by using live traps and high pitch emitters. My god, you are so dense it is truly stunning.

Carrie Anne Brown

Signed, thanks for sharing =]

Robert G.
Robert G6 years ago

72% have voted against, enough said, I doubt if anyone of those are going to be bullied into changing their mind.