Bylaws affecting horse-drawn carriage tours up for debate in Victoria

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A horse-drawn carriage is seen in Victoria on Thursday, March 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Regulations on horse-drawn carriage tours could be tightened in Victoria as the city considers changes to its animal control bylaw.

Councillors will debate the bylaw amendments on Thursday.

Proposed changes include ensuring individual horses display ID numbers and health records to allow for improved monitoring by city licensing officers and the SPCA.

The carriage tours of downtown Victoria’s scenic Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park are popular tourism attractions but they have drawn the ire of animal rights proponents who oppose the horse-drawn tours.

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