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Montreal introduces plan to ban horse-drawn carriages by 2020

There have been at least four accidents involving carriage horses since 2014, as well as several hundred citizen complaints over the treatment of the horses.

THE CANADIAN PRESS: ‘Horses that pull tourist caleches through Old Montreal will soon be clip-clopping their way into the city’s history books as the municipal administration moves forward with a plan to ban the activity as of 2020. City Coun. Craig Sauve said Thursday he’s introducing a regulation to end the horse-drawn carriages amid growing concern over the welfare of the animals, despite tighter rules imposed on the industry in recent years. “The conclusions are clear: the unfortunate incidents involving horses and caleches have continued to occur,” he told a news conference.

There have been at least four accidents involving carriage horses since 2014, as well as several hundred citizen complaints over the treatment of the horses, according to data provided by the city. There were also 14 tickets given out in 2016 and 2017 for infractions related to horse health and the state of the carriages. The city’s new regulation would prohibit horse-drawn carriages anywhere on Montreal’s territory as of Dec. 21, 2019′. SOURCE…

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