Chicago Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages

In other news related to horse welfare, a major victory was gained when the Chicago City Council voted 46–4 to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city. The law takes effect next year. Horses conscripted into this business endure long hours pulling 1,000-pound carriages on city streets while being exposed to temperature extremes, air pollution, and traffic congestion. Spooked horses can lead to carriages tipping over, endangering people and horses alike. Alderman Brendan Reilly summed up the issue well, noting that horses “weren’t bred to be sucking gas fumes from the back of CTA buses and comingling with cement mixers. That’s not humane treatment of animals.”

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