Montreal has announced a series of new by-laws concerning animal safety and welfare. Among the changes coming by the end of next year is a definitive ban on horse-drawn carriages. The popular tourist attraction has attracted controversy in recent years over the welfare of the horses, and former mayor Denis Coderre made an unsuccessful attempt to have the practice banned.
This time, city councillor Craig Sauvé, of Projet Montréal, is in charge of the new rules.
The new by-laws also include rules about dangerous dogs; there is no specific breed targeted, but the rules are strict about dogs that could present a danger, and include mandatory muzzles for those dogs, as well as criminal background checks for their owners.
As for the famous “calèches”, they will officially be banned after December 31, 2019.