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ORLANDO APPROVES HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES DOWNTOWN DESPITE PROTEST

WFTV ABC News, April 4, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Horse-drawn carriages will return to the streets of downtown Orlando. In a unanimous decision Monday night, the city council voted to the lift the cap on the number of permits for the carriages.

A company that had all the city permits for the service went out of business. City leaders promised to protect the horses.

Still, the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida wants carriages banned.

"The condition the horse are kept in, the summer heat in Florida they have to work in, as well as all the traffic. Downtown is very congested, and that subjects the horses to vehicular accidents," said animal rights activist Bryan Wilson.

The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida sued the city over the ordinance.

Some Florida cities, including Pompano Beach and Key West, have banned the use of horse drawn carriages.
 

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