Asheville, N.C. – After hearing from supporters and animal welfare activists, the city counsel voted unanimously to ban all horse-drawn carriages from city streets – with the exception of the Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours. The ban will become law effective May 30. During the same session, counsel members voted to enter into a 2 year contract with Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours to provide rides to tourists until May 30, 2018.
The owner of Asheville Horse and Carriage tours isn’t exactly happy with the vote, despite her company being given an exception. “I think it’s very sad that how they can take away somebody’s hard work and somebody’s viable business,” Catherine Hunter told reporters. Ashville Horse and Carriage Tours has been operating since 2013 and is the only carriage tour company in Asheville.
American Voice for Animals, an animal welfare organization, was pleased with the results of their lobbying efforts. “The whole point of ending the horse carriage in Asheville was to protect the horses, protect the safety of the general public and that’s been accomplished here tonight,” Lafayette Prescott told the counsel members.
Original Story and Photo: WLOSAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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