Animal rights advocates will take to the streets of Savannah this weekend in protest. They want city leaders to put an end to horse-drawn carriage rides once and for all.
The controversy erupted once again when four people and a horse were hurt earlier this month while on a carriage ride.
“The horses are still out there, working, trudging day after day, year after year and many people don’t like it and I think it’s time to stop it,” says Ruth Arnone, Organizer, Savannah Animal Advocacy Group.
Meanwhile, others say there is no issue with the practice.
“Nobody’s looking to do anything that would be detrimental to animals. We’re trying to reconnect with our history,” says Cara Marshall with Carriage Tours of Savannah.
One city leader says it’s time for a community discussion on the future of the industry.
“This community needs to come together where we can hear all sides and sit down and dissect what is given to us and what the community wants, and either craft an ordinance that works that regulates that industry far better than what it is now or eliminate it,” says Alderman Tony Thomas, District 6.
The protest is set for Saturday, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Congress and Barnard Streets at Ellis Square.