Chicago is on a roll to help animals! After proposing that pet sales be restricted to shelters and animal rescue organizations, a move that would effectively put puppy mills out of business, the city is now looking to ban horse drawn carriages.
“Carriage rides have outlived their usefulness in Chicago,” said Edward Burke, the City Council’s most powerful alderman, in a press release. “I would argue it is an unsafe and obsolete tradition that our city should simply ban.”
On Wednesday, the alderman, with Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel’s support, proposed that horse drawn carriages be phased out of the city by stopping their license renewal.
Chicago currently has 25 licensed horse drawn carriages that circulate in the city’s streets, something animal rights activists have long warned is detrimental to the animals’ health.
“Ald. Burke will spur an important debate that’s probably long overdue,” said alderman Brendan Reilly who has in the past championed that horse carriages only be allowed to transit in temperatures below 90 and above 15 degrees for the welfare of the horses. “That is, do horses belong on congested, polluted city streets? There are other options.”
If approved, Chicago would follow in the footsteps of major cities like London, Paris, and Toronto, that have already banned the cruel tradition of horse drawn carriages in urban areas.
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