Carriage Rides Can Be Regulated But Not Banned Under Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri cities would be able to impose tougher regulations on horse-drawn carriages but couldn’t ban them under legislation that has won preliminary approval in the Statehouse.

Similar legislation has advanced in both the House and Senate after a St. Louis alderman attempted to ban rides on city streets. The alderman’s move was supported by animal-rights advocates who argue pulling the carriages harms the animals. Supporters point to the long history and charm of the rides.

The Senate bill would allow cities to restrict carriage rides under some circumstances, such as extreme temperature or during rush hour. But it would prohibit a ban on the use of a working animal.

Each measure needs an additional vote before moving to the opposite chamber for consideration.

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