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Animal rights group plans protest at popular holiday light display

Kelly Moffit | St. Louis Public Radio

An animal rights group plans to protest Wednesday night at one of St. Louis County’s largest holiday light displays.

A small candlelight vigil at Tilles Park’s “Winter Wonderland” will honor a carriage horse named King that died while giving rides there on Dec. 21, 2013, said St. Louis Animal Rights Team attorney, Dan Kolde.

“We think that that occurred because the industry was allowed, unlawfully, to become unregulated by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission,” he said.  

Kolde’s group is seeking to force the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission to ensure the health and welfare of carriage horses that operate in the county. It’s appealing a judge's dismissal of their case against the commission in November.

A spokesman for the MTC says it’s unclear which department in the county is responsible for overseeing the welfare of the animals. 

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