Horse drawn carriage tours are banned on Victoria streets by SPCA. Inspite of their tourist plea horse-drawn carriages and trolleys in Victoria, B.C. have become an issue of safety and should be operated only in the city parks according to one animal welfare organization.
The BC SPCA has requested the city to prohibit popular tours prior to two horses tumbled in an accident between a trolley and a bus near Ogden Point, at Victoria Harbor, last month. The video showcased the incident where the by passers watched as the two horses grappled to stand up.
Craig Daniell, the CEO of the BC SPCA, mentioned in a letter to the city council that the animals were going through a lot of discomfort for more than five minutes. The carriage machinist Victoria Carriage Tours said in May that both horses were not injured and were in excellent condition and their staff managed the situation with extreme skill.
Head horse trainer Emily May said that their horses remain seated when they realize that they cannot get up on their own. The company also vociferated that this incident of horses falling took place for the second time in decades.
But the BC SPCA professed that horses managers did not possess proper plan in hand to intently determine the incident. Bettina Bobsien, a veterinarian and equine specialist, saw the video of the accident and said that she was worried about the happiness of the horses and humans included.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.