Salt Lake City Weekly reports that the Humane Society of Utah director Gene Baierschmidt praised the council's decision in the courtroom, saying, "We believe the times have changed and horses don't belong on busy city streets."
The ban may have implications for other cities' carriage horse industries. One high-profile case is in New York City, where the industry has been a major issue for animal advocates lately. Mayor Bill deBlasio has promised to ban the carriages under his tenure, even saying that action would be taken toward a ban by the end of this year - though he hasn't made any further announcements thus far.
Proponents of the horse carriage industry argue that the horses are well cared-for and that traveling in a horse carriage is safer than traveling by car or bus in the city. But opponents say that the risk of injuries to the horses is too great, and that horses don't belong in busy traffic.
Allie Feldman, the executive director of NYCLASS, an organization that has been working to ban the city's horse carriages, said that Utah's decision puts New York's industry in the spotlight.