VICTORIA, May 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Mayor Denis Coderre announced today a one-year ban on horse carriages in Montreal. He stated the time will be used to create new rules for the industry.
This decision comes after video footage was released of a horse carriage collision with a car generating overwhelming public support for a ban of the controversial industry.
Jordan Reichert, of Victoria Horse Alliance, congratulated the mayor for taking a progressive stance on the issue. He stated: "We want to extend our gratitude to Mayor Coderre for imposing a moratorium on the horse carriages. However, we urge him to heed the evidence from other cities with horse carriages, such as Victoria, that regulation of this industry does not stop collisions from happening. Only a complete ban will achieve this."
The Anti-Calèche Defense Coalition has been working to ban horse carriages in Montreal for years, citing animal cruelty and safety issues within the industry.
"Cities all over the world are considering banning horse carriages because they are a form of animal exploitation. Wherever people profit off animals, the care and safety of the animals will be compromised."
SOURCE Animal Alliance of Canada
For further information: Jordan Reichert: 250- 216-0562 or banhorsecarriagesvictoria.org