Animal rights activists call for ban on horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia

Dozens of animal rights activists are calling for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.

The activists claim that the carriages in Old City cause health and safety issues for the horses.

It comes after a recent viral video in New York City of a horse that collapsed from heat exhaustion.

Animal rights activists want to ban horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.

They say that subjecting horses to such treatment is animal cruelty.

"These poor horses suffer from lung problems, from breathing exhaust fumes all day. They suffer from leg and joint problems from pounding pavement," activist Stephanie Cursin said. "They can be out here up to nine hours a day."

Organizers say they have 30,000 signatures on a petition in support of the ban.