Allman Analysis: Is Push To Ban Horse Carriages In St. Louis Political Smokescreen?
ST. LOUIS —
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are considering an ordinance that would ban horse carriage rides in the city. The ordinance is similar to other laws being pushed by 'animal rights' groups like the Humane Society of the United States (no affiliation with your local Humane Society), which Mindy Patterson with the Cavalry Group say is a "masquerade" for their goal to restrict more rights in the U.S.
Patterson says that the laws the organization pushes put legitimate businesses that care for animals and create meaningful experiences between humans and the animals out of business in order to fulfill their narrow ideological agendas.
The HSUS is also a problematic organization, currently under fire with the recent resignation of its CEO and issues with high-ranking board members for sexual harassment. It is also under fire for allegedly sending less than one percent of money raised from fundraising to actual help for animals.
Patterson, who has worked with horses for many years, has battled the groups for many years. The Cavalry Group is working with Missouri lawmakers to pass state laws to prevent cities from passing selective ordinances like these.
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