Stop horsing around!
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