The president of the Horse-Carriage Union of Yucatan, Jesus Medina Borges, denied that its members mistreat the horses used to provide the tourist services offered in the city of Mérida.
He recalled that in recent days a horse was hit by the neglect of the carriage driver, Jesus Uc Tuz, in downtown Merida.
“The driver got to the corner of Calle 50 with 61, stopped the carriage, stepped down and went into a store leaving the horse alone and unattended. The poor animal got frightened by a passing car, went rampant, was hit by a car a few blocks away and bled to death due to the injury,” Medina Borges explained.
“As the driver was responsible for the accident, since he is not supposed to leave the animal alone at any time, he was fined by the union, suspended, and now he is out of work”, the leader continued.
He regretted that this incident has caused an accumulation of attacks against his group, mainly through social networks.
“Horses are well fed during the day, we give them enough water to drink, and they work one of three shifts not to break the animal,” he said.
“First shift runs from 8 am to 2 pm; second shift runs from 2 to 9 pm, and a third shift goes from 9 pm to 12 midnight,” Medina Borges stated.
He added that the union takes good care of the horses and even staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnia of the Autonomous University of Yucatan makes periodical checkups on the animals, and determines if they are able to work or not.
He pointed out that there are 60 carriage drivers in total, and 130 animals that offer tourist services in the city center.
“This service began in 1913,” he said. “It would be a shame to threaten our source of income”, he concluded.
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