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Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages
May 2017

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What in the world is going on in Charleston?! On Thursday morning, May 25th, once again a horse spooked and bolted. The driver was unable to control him and fell out of the carriage, suffering severe injuries. He was hospitalized. Although the horse crashed into a car, he is said to be doing fine. This is media speak and we do not believe it -- but these are the reports. Charleston media is obviously trying to protect this industry from well deserved criticism.

A local resident who witnessed the accident told us:

"The horse [Luke] was running at full gallop, passengers screaming like they were on a roller coaster. All the horse was trying to do was 'run home.' He was terrified, so he ran to where he knows. Hitting all the parked cars and then finally being stopped by running head on into a parked car."

It is bad enough that Charleston has punishingly hot heat and humidity, but it seems their drivers do not know how to handle huge draft horses. We say once again that horses do not belong on the crowded streets of any city -- especially Charleston. Because of their sensitive nature, they can spook at the slightest provocation and bolt into traffic, causing injury or death to themselves, their passengers and driver or unsuspecting passersby. These large, powerful animals can weigh between 1,500 to 2,000 pounds and can become unwitting weapons when they try to run away from their source of fear.

Why is the City of Charleston continuing to allow this dangerous and frivolous business to continue? How will this touristy city handle it when a tourist gets killed or very seriously injured? Will they continue to make excuses or will they finally put an end to this business as they did recently in Mumbai, India and other cities around the world. 

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