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Petition to stop horse-drawn carriages in downtown Las Vegas


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Petition to stop horse-drawn carriages in downtown Las Vegas

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Apr 20, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas activist Gina Greison has started a petition to stop horse-drawn carriages from operating in downtown Las Vegas.

Currently, the petition has gained hundreds of signatures from supporters around the world.

The Las Vegas City Council voted 4-3 last Wednesday, allowing them back in the downtown area.

"There's a lot of great things happening downtown. This is not one of them," said Greison, who believes the concept is disruptive and inhumane.

Some locals have criticized the idea, many of them saying there's already too much traffic in the downtown area.

"It's very dangerous to have horses out here. You can easily have one of them get hit if someone randomly runs a red light," said local Courtney Cox. "You're going to have people parking and pulling out in front of horses and then people going around them," added Greison.

Concerns have also been raised over the potential heat-related issues the horses could face. However, the council's decision includes restrictions related to those concerns. The operation cannot continue if the temperature is 90 degrees or above. Additionally, operators will be required to put protective shoes on the horses, to cover their hooves.

The horse-drawn carriage operation will only move forward on a one-year trial basis, and with heavy restrictions.

The routes would be bounded by Main Street, Maryland Parkway, Stewart Avenue and Bonneville Avenue. Carriages would not be permitted on the entire stretch of Fremont Street, Las Vegas Boulevard, Maryland Parkway or on Casino Center Boulevard south of Carson Avenue.

They would not be permitted between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the entire length of Main Street and 4th Street, or on Stewart Avenue between 4th Street and 6th Street, except on weekends and holidays.

A designated loading and unloading zone would be situated on the west side of 4th Street, south of Ogden.

To look at the petition, click here.