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People demanding ban of horse-drawn carriages in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - People are expressing outrage over horse-drawn carriages in Salt Lake City. Tuesday city leaders held a public meeting to find out what people think. Many want the business banned.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - People are expressing outrage over horse-drawn carriages in Salt Lake City. Tuesday city leaders held a public meeting to find out what people think. Many want the business banned.     


Tuesday it's easy to see how people feel about Salt Lake City's year round horse-drawn carriage business.   


"The right choice is to ban this practice," said one person.   

 

"It's a blight, it's a danger, and it's cruel," said another. 


Dozens of people showed up to the Salt Lake City Council meeting Tuesday to express their distain for what they believe is the mistreatment of horses. 


"There is no way with cities with their exhaust fumes, hard road surfaces and busy traffic patterns can provide a humane environment for a carriage horse," said Jeremy Beckham, local PETA spokesperson.   


Last August Jerry the horse collapsed and died on a downtown street. It sparked outrage that the business is inhumane. Many still feel the same way. 


"While they're carrying heavy carriages in our bitter cold winters and sweltering summers I think it's time that we just do away with this antiquated practice like New York City is and get them off our streets," said Beckham.  


But not everyone agrees a ban is necessary. 

 

"I think there's no reason why a comprise can't be found," said Dr. Kimberly Heneman, Equine Veterinarian. 

 

Equine Veterinarian Kimberly Heneman believes if city leaders can adjust regulations like removing horses in extreme weather conditions, the business can actually benefit the horses.   

 

"If they have a job that's there, if they have a need and a use for them, those animals will be cared for, and they won't end up is some slaughter house down in Mexico," said Heneman. 


After hearing public comment Tuesday night, the city council decided they needed to hold another meeting before they make a decision.

 

The city council didn't set a date on when the next public meeting would be. They hope to have that figured out in the next couple weeks. There's talk that the city may move to contract out the horse carriage business. 


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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv 

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