With all the controversy over captivity and the growing opposition to confining animals to cages, concrete pools, in circuses and other forms of "entertainment"; Horse & carriage rides must be addressed as well. We had numerous incidents downtown last year and these carriage companies work these horses in temperatures above 90 degrees on a daily basis. It is a liability, it is abuse, it is a thing of the past. These carriages also add to the congestion and traffic problems downtown Charleston faces.
There is NO "appeal" or "charm" in seeing tired, extremely sad horses and burros pulling 8-12 people through the streets of downtown, gasping for a chance to breath fresh air and get AWAY from tailpipes, noise and unaware people! It is also a health issue with the urine and manure stench filling the air and spilling onto the pavement!
Time to END this and enter the 21st century! Retire these horses to GREEN, QUIET pastures!
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