Montreal to ban horse-drawn carriages by 2020

Jun 15 2018, 3:09 am

Horse-drawn carriages in Montreal will soon be a thing of the past.

Projet Montréal announced via their Twitter page that the City of Montreal is moving to ban horse-drawn carriages as of 2020.

Calèche drivers have been carrying passengers around the city for decades but city councillor Craig Sauve says the new policy to ban the carriages grew amidst concerns over the welfare of the horses.

The SPCA had repeatedly called on the city to end the tourist attraction, saying horses shouldn’t be forced to deal with motor vehicles, cobblestone streets, and Montreal’s hot and cold temperatures.

The last day horses will be allowed to stroll through the streets is on December 31, 2019, allowing owners enough time to deal with the new laws.

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