43rd Ward Alderwoman Michele Smith, I urge you to join fellow Aldermen Reilly, Lopez, Cappleman, Cardenas, Cardona, Gardiner, Hadden, La Spata, Martin, Osterman, Michael Rodriguez, Rossana Rodríguez Sánchez, Sigcho Lopez, Silverstein, Sposato, Taylor, Tunney, Vasquez, Villegas and Waguespack in co-sponsoring O2019-4125, the humane legislation recently introduced by Alderman Hopkins to ban horse carriages in Chicago.
Chicago Animal Alliance documented the carriage horses working on the 4th of July when it was 90-91 degrees at Northerly Island, which is too hot according to Chicago's law. Also documented were 3 horses being overworked the previous Saturday and 3 horses overworked in May. Every time we monitor the horses, the operators break the law in numerous ways.
Here is a recent video with her of a horse being constantly bit and bombarded by flies. This is also one of the horses who was overworked. She was still on the street at 10:35 pm, yet we documented her at 2 pm - right there, she's been overworked by 2.5 hours, but we don't know what time she left the stable - could have been 10 or 11 am, which means she was likely worked 12 hours or so, which is more than double what Chicago's law allows.