Stop hors­ing around!

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A SE­RIES of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing spooked and over­worked an­i­mals work­ing horse-drawn car­riages is re­new­ing calls to ban the tourist prac­tice in cities like Mon­treal and New York.

In the first of two back-to-back in­ci­dents in Mon­treal re­cently, a driver lost con­trol of the horse, which led the car­riage into a nearby park, send­ing it on its side and in­jur­ing the driver.

Not long af­ter, and not far off, a sec­ond horse col­lapsed to the ground from de­hy­dra­tion and couldn’t get up for hours.

The in­ci­dents brought re­newed mo­men­tum to an old on­line pe­ti­tion which was posted in 2015, call­ing for an end to the horse-drawn car­riages.

The pe­ti­tion is now around 15,000 sig­na­tures away from its ini­tial goal of 50,000, be­fore it can be sent to Mon­treal’s city hall for con­sid­er­a­tion.

In New York re­cently, a ru­n­away horse gal­loped freely through the streets of Man­hat­tan dur­ing rush hour be­fore be­ing hit by a yel­low cab.

Mayor Bill De Bla­sio has been vo­cal about his op­po­si­tion to horse-drawn car­riages but his mo­tion to ban the prac­tice has been met with re­sis­tance.

The in­ci­dent in New York was cap­tured on In­sta­gram by Thomas Beck­ner and Josh Wehles. – AFP Re­laxnews

Fol­low­ing some in­ci­dents, there have been calls for horse-drawn car­riages to be banned. — AFP

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