Whoa, nelly…

Though animal-rights advocates promise to launch protests, the City Council gave preliminary approval Monday for horse-drawn carriages to continue rolling through Orlando’s streets. – Orlando Sentinel

Now, before you go off on the animal rights protesters, they do have a point (a couple, actually). It is awfully darned hot around these parts, and the traffic is insane. It’s not like Orlando is some bucolic southern town. And having been in an actual horse carriage accident in Charleston, and actually seeing how poorly the animal was treated, I am tempted to sympathize with them.

That said, it’s not like no other city has ever done carriage rides before. You just gotta have rules. Keep them out of traffic and watch how their treated. Balance, people. Balance. We can have our quaint little touristy attraction and make sure nobody (people or horses) gets hurt. Right?

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