Chicago Considers Ordinance to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

New legislation in Chicago will prohibit the city from issuing licenses to operators of horse-drawn carriage businesses there.
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Chicago Considers Ordinance to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
As introduced, SO2019-4125 would amend the Municipal Code of Chicago to prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city and to forbid anyone from operating a horse-drawn carriage “for the transportation of passengers for hire within the city.” | Photo: iStock

New legislation in Chicago will prohibit the city from issuing licenses to operators of horse-drawn carriage businesses there.

The horse-drawn carriage trade in Chicago first became controversial in 2014 when then-alderman Edward Burke proposed an ordinance that would have ceased the issue of new horse-drawn carriage licenses until all such licenses had expired.

Since then, legislation to halt the issue of licenses to horse-drawn carriage operators languished until 2019, when aldermen Brendan Reilly and Brian Hopkins sponsored a new ordinance. As introduced, SO2019-4125 would amend the Municipal Code of Chicago to prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city and to forbid anyone from operating a horse-drawn carriage “for the transportation of passengers for hire within the city

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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