Animal rights activists may not have succeeded in getting the city to ban carriage horses, but they've found a new way to dissuade people from taking rides in the horse-drawn buggies: riding alongside carriages and urging tourists to take a free ride around Central Park in electric cars instead.

"We're hoping that you'll get out and take this instead of supporting animal abuse," Edita Birnkrant, an activist with a group called Empty the Carriages, told a tourist couple from Michigan. "This is such a cruel industry—our Mayor is trying to ban it, and there's been so many accidents."

Binkrant then showed the couple pictures of crash involving carriage horses, before again encouraging them to ditch the carriage and offering them a free ride in an "eco-friendly vintage car," a form of transportation that's being pitched as a replacement for carriage horses.

After the couple agreed to switch to the car, Birnkrant told them they didn't have to pay the carriage driver. "You don't have to give them any money," another activist told the tourists. "He has no legal right to charge you any money." A twenty-minute carriage ride costs approximately $54—most rides typically last 40 minutes and cost just under $100.

Carriage horse operators told the Post that activists' latest attempt to end the practice began in August and and argued that it's illegal because the electric car has commercial plates, meaning it can't pick up passengers or be used inside Central Park.

Birnkrant contends that the car has proper permits and licenses, and said the carriage industry was trying to harass activists. She told Gothamist that Empty the Carriages is currently providing tourists with rides free of charge as part of a non-profit initiative to curb carriage use.

"The driver is properly licensed under New York State law to provide rides and tours to guests as well as to educate the public about humane alternatives to horse-drawn carriages," Birnkrant said. "The driver was cleared by Central Park rangers to drive in the park at times that commercial vehicles are permitted, and only enters the park when cleared to do so."

But she also said they don't use the electric car often, and instead encourage tourists to opt for pedicabs, bike tours, "or to simply walk through" the park instead.

Empty the Carriages activists say they'll form a human chain at Central Park South and Sixth Avenue on Sunday, December 4th at 1 p.m. in an attempt to create a blockade at the park drive entrance and obstruct carriage horse access to the park.