TELLURIDE, Colo. (CBS4) – The debate over horse-drawn carriages in Telluride takes center stage at a Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Officials held a public hearing on allowing the carriages led by horses within the town. Town officials tell CBS4 the ordinance was passed unanimously with one council member absent.

The Telluride Wranglers and the Telluride Historical Museum came up with the proposal to offer horse-drawn carriage tours in April, according to the Telluride Daily Planet.

The idea has been met with outrage from some residents and animal advocates.

PETA, also known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, launched a campaign against the proposal with numerous letters being sent to town officials urging them to reject the proposal.

Supporters of the proposal say the tours have been popular and safe in Durango, and they want to restore a sense of history to the town.

Comments (6)
  1. This vote sickens me, as it does anyone who condemns cruelty to animals. It’s 2018 for crying out loud, not 1818! What in the world are these councilors thinking?

  2. Well, now we know that city officials have zero concern for the horses’ well-being. What a cruel, backwards decision.

  3. Will they be bringing back human slaves to this “historic” area too? Hauling humans around the city is no life for horses. It’s cruel and selfish to force them to do it.

  4. Glad to see the Town Council is not letting crazy animal activists tell them what to do. None of those people have any real knowledge about horses. All they have are their feelings and PETA talking points.

  5. Hurray for TRUTH! Truth: pulling a carriage in NOT barbaric nor cruel. It is not torture. Only horses with select behaviors are capable of doing this niche job. To those who cry about the horses- spend you time and money helping at a horse rescue. There you will make a difference in the lives of horses who have suffered at the hands of mankind. The working horse makes money to provide for him/herself. They are positive contributors to society unlike PeTA, who KILLS more animals than they help.

  6. I’m blown away by this. I cannot believe that it’s 2018 we are still relying on (and forcing!) animals to carry us around. Come on, people! Horses deserve much more respect than this.

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