Local girl Lea Michele loves New York City, having spent years thriving on Broadway before leaving for Hollywood to conquer television. But there's one aspect of Big Apple life that she can do without: the sight of carriages, pulled by horses, shuttling tourists around busy, exhaust-blanketed streets.

The 'Glee' star has joined up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a campaign to end the practice, and as the tagline reads, "Help put horse-drawn carriages out to pasture." The ad campaign will include posters and videos that feature the actress. An attempt to get the ads run on the TV screens inside city cabs was unsuccessful, a spokesman told The New York Times.

Michele, who was born in the Bronx, makes an emotional plea in a video that zeroes in on the facilities where the horses are kept when not working.

"Imagine for a moment that you're forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week -- whether it's sweltering hot or freezing cold outside," Michele says. "At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on [an] easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long."