A new proposal at the Board of Aldermen could clear up confusion as to who regulates horse-drawn carriages in St. Louis — by almost entirely banning horses on city streets.
The proposal was praised by Dan Kolde, an animal rights lawyer who has worked to protect carriage horses in St. Louis.
"We are very appreciative of the board for introducing legislation," Kolde says. "These carriages are problematic in cities across the U.S. and we appreciate our board stepping forward in a meaningful way."
In the past, there has been speculation that carriage horses sometimes work in unsafe levels of heat. Kolde says that both animal control and public safety representatives gave testimonies at today's committee meeting that horses were working in unsafe levels of heat over the weekend.
"At this point, I don't think any of these carriage companies have any intention to obey regulations," Kolde says. "They haven't obeyed regulations in five years. I don't see why they would start. I don't know if the MTC has the desire, or even the resources to regulate this."
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