Call for tourist carriage ban after death of horse in Spain


CANARY ISLANDS: Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

A HORSE pulling a tourist carriage in Spain has collapsed and died in the middle of a street renewing calls to put an end to the visitor attraction.

Local Police in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria reported the incident on their Twitter account (below) that included an image of the dead horse – which some readers may find distressing.

The said the horse, Triston, was pulling a tartana, a type of covered carriage, on Monday morning in the Canary Islands when it collapsed.

Police closed the road while the horse was attended to but nothing could be done to save its life.

After a long break, the tartana tourist service in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was restarted a few years ago, despite it being denounced by residents and animal associations amid concerns of animal abuse.

But despite the protests, the tartanas were reintroduced but with regulations governing that the service could only run at certain times and ‘in favourable conditions.’

Animal protection groups have now renewed calls for the city council to impose more controls or even ban the service again.

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    • Valerie Fuller

      15 May 2018 • 09:27

      Time to ban it again….permanently.

    • maxie

      15 May 2018 • 18:18

      so before anyone knows exactly what happened, the animal rights nuts are calling for a ban on the carriage rides? how about calling for a ban on vehicles because how many people have died as a result of injuries or medical emergencies while driving or being involved in an accident one way or another? people need to take care walking also since they could twist an ankle, have a medical emergency while walking, or a number of other things that could go wrong.

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