Since 2023, Prague has been abolishing the caravan site in the Old Town Square and in Stromovka, according to experts, horses are suffering in the city. However, horse-drawn carriage operators do not agree with this and have decided to demonstrate against the cancellation of their activities.
Horse-drawn carriage operators set out on Thursday morning to demonstrate in front of the Prague City Hall. According to the fiakers, a ban on carriages in the Old Town Square and in Stromovka would mean the death of about 100 horses, as it would have to be sold to a slaughterhouse.
“It would be a tragedy for people, just like in the 1950s. Especially for many families, because the horse is part of the family. Over a hundred horses would have to go somewhere,” said Josef Kočovský, chairman of the Guild of Fictionists and Carters of Bohemia and Moravia.
According to Kočovský, horses are currently on pastures, where they rest in January, February and March. “If something does not change, they should start leaving on the first of April,” Kočovský added.
According to horse experts, the city is particularly bothered by bad air, temperatures and, above all, the hard ground of roads and sidewalks. The Prague City Hall thus decided to ban their site. World capitals such as Barcelona, Rome and London have already taken the same step.
Reporter Jan Zálužský went directly to the center of Prague:
Jan Houška, TN.cz