Prague could be set to ban horse carriage rides

Prague in the Czech Republic could be set to ban horse carriage rides in the city center, according to reports.

Prague Morning says Councillor Jiří Pospíšil is pushing for a ban on the basis of animal welfare.

The carriages are often used to allow tourists to view the city, but they have been banned in other places such as Chicago in the United States and Montreal in Canada.

European cities such as Barcelona, Ghent and Sofia have also banned the use of horse carriages in recent years.

Pospíšil said:

"Prague City Hall may prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city center.
"Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they can suffer debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces."

The Prague Mayor has seemingly spoken in support of a ban but believes it may be best to phase out the carriages slowly.

Zdenek Hrib added:

"If we act quickly, entrepreneurs can sell horses that have become unnecessary to a slaughterhouse. Therefore, we are considering the option of a gradual ban and drivers will no longer be able to buy new animals to replace the old ones”.

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