CHICAGO (CBS) — Horse carriage companies in Chicago face possible extinction if an influential alderman has his way, but drivers have banded together and are trying to enlist public support to save their industry.
“To have this happen completely has blindsided all of us,” said Jim Rogers, owner of Great Lakes Horse & Carriage. “We are circling our wagons.”
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports Ald. Ed Burke (14th), powerful chairman of the City Council Finance Committee, has proposed banning horse-drawn carriages in Chicago, saying they’re a traffic hazard, a nuisance, and are cruel to animals.