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St. Louis BOA puts hold on effort to ban carriage rides downtown

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Brookdale Farms has been given a cease and desist order by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (Credit: KMOV). Brookdale Farms has been given a cease and desist order by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (Credit: KMOV).
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Saint Louis Board of Alderman has essentially put on hold an effort to ban carriage rides downtown.

State lawmakers pushed forward their own bill which would prevent cities from banning carriages, but cites can still regulate them.

Jenny Holzum is the stable manager and a driver for the St. Louis Carriage Company. The stable is located south of Busch Stadium.

Lawmakers are looking to put out new regulations for the carriage rides and animal rights advocates are looking to ban the rides completely.

Holzum says she believes something can be worked out.

“I don’t think we’ll ever be 100 percent able to make the animal rights groups happy by any means but I do think we can meet in the middle and find something that everybody can be happy with,” said Holzum.

The Board of Alderman is holding off on a proposal that originally would have banned the horses on the streets of St. Louis.

State lawmakers took notice and leaders in outstate Missouri are sensitive to any measure regarding animals since it could affect so many in the rural parts of the state.

“We’re going to work to regulate them, Jefferson City has agreed that as long as I don’t try to ban them we can regulate them,” said Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 23rd Ward.

A lawsuit from one of the four carriage ride companies is still unsettled, so it’s in dispute just who is regulating the rides.

“Right now this industry is completely unregulated so the people of St. Louis should know there are no protections for them, should they get into one of these carriages,” said Daniel Kolde, Attorney of St. Louis Animal Rights Team.

Holzem says the various sides are planning to come together to work out the differences.

“Obviously, for everybody’s safety, we want to do it as soon as possible before the season starts,” said Holzem.

Senate Bill 918 would stop St. Louis Alderman from imposing their own regulations.

It’s not clear how much attention it currently has in Jefferson City or if it would be able to pass before the session ends in May.

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