The mayor of Bogota on Monday launched a plan to remove all horse-drawn vehicles from the streets of Colombia’s capital city.
The streets of Bogota could soon be horse and donkey free if the plans of Mayor Gustavo Petro come to fruition. Money has been allocated to assist current owners of horses and carts, most of whom transport waste for recycling, to replace their traditional modes of transportation.
Owners will be able to choose between a four-wheel drive vehicle capable of carrying over 1,500 pounds, or owners can elect for economic assistance in setting up a new small business.
According to local media, Petro said the animals “will be medically evaluated and rehabilitated if necessary by clinic veterinary schools.” Animal welfare organizations have also come forward to help offer homes to the retired horses.
However the scheme has already hit a snag. Bogota’s Secretary of Transportion told Caracol Radio that about half of all horse-and-cart drivers are not licensed. The city is now busy attempting to license more owners as a step towards getting them off the streets.