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Urban horse-drawn carriages banned in Chicago as of 2021

/ 12:37 AM April 30, 2020
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The city of Chicago is putting an end to horse-drawn carriages by the end of the year.

It’s a victory for animal rights activists who’ve been lobbying the city to end the practice due to animal welfare concerns. The carriages are also blamed for causing traffic congestion downtown.

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According to The Chicago Tribune, the 10 license-holders currently in operation will be unable to request a renewal, effectively pulling back the reins on horse-drawn carriages as of Jan. 1, 2021.

The new ordinance passed by a near unanimous vote of 46-4.

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The ban in Chicago is likely to send a strong boost to animal rights advocates in New York City who have been waging a similar campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in their city as well.

The carriages are particularly popular among tourists. But the death earlier this year of a horse named Aisha reignited the debate, pitting animal welfare groups against the coachmen and women of the Historic Horse-Drawn Carriages of Central Park.

The horse collapsed in Central Park after a long struggle and was euthanized the next day.

A ban on carriage horses also took effect in the Canadian city of Montreal earlier this year. JB

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