- Another video has arisen of a fallen calèche horse in Montreal.
- This time the horse apparently slipped and was unable to get up.
- The ban on the caleche industry does not go into effect until December 31st, 2019, causing some to wonder why the ban isn't effective immediately.
A video shared this past weekend on the Facebook page of the Anti-calèche Defense Coalition shows a fallen calèche horse in Montreal's Griffintown borough.
In the video, the horse can be seen on the ground while the carriage driver attempts to pull the horse back onto its feet, to no avail.
According to CJAD News, the horse "apparently slipped on a metal plate at 11:20 p.m.," this past Saturday night at the corner of rue William and avenue Richmond.
Two years ago, an infamous video of a calèche horse collapsing due to the heat in Old Montreal caused countless individuals in the city to speak out about the industry of horse-drawn carriages in the city.
Not long after that, mayor Valérie Plante announced that the calèche industry would soon be a thing of the past in Montreal, with 2019 being the final year of operation.
Many of the horses will be available for adoption and carriage drivers will be compensated for their loss of industry.
But the video below raises questions about the upcoming season, as the Anti-calèche Defense Coalition states, "Still two months until the ban on December 31st 2019 and the horses are suffering till the end.
The video below may be distressing to some viewers.
You can see the horse has fallen and is unable or unwilling to get up, as the owner attempts to pull the horse to its feet.
As there has not yet been a report of mistreatment to the animal, the Montreal police are not currently investigating the incident.
The Anti-calèche Defense Coalition is asking for anyone that knows anything about the incident to come forward.
While the instigating incident that sparked the eventual ban of the calèche industry in Montreal was due to the extreme summer heat, another incident occurred just seven months ago, as winter was drawing to a close.
A calèche horse that was still attached to its carriage collapsed, apparently due to exhaustion. The horse was giving "sleigh rides" at a cabane à sucre in Saint-Eustache.
This past weekend's incident raises the question of the delayed ban, yet again. If the city is in agreement that the industry no longer meets animal rights standards, why wait to enforce the ban until the end of the year?
Many of the comments on the video raise this question, along with heartfelt worries about the upcoming two months where the horses will have to continue to work until the ban comes into effect on December 31st, 2019.