Electric cars to replace horse-drawn carriages in Istanbul islands

The mayor of Istanbul’s Princes' Islands (Adalar), announced on Friday that all horse-drawn carriages in the islands will be replaced by electric cars, Evrensel newspaper reported

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality decided this week to buy registered horse-drawn carriage plates and the horses in Adalar district. The Municipality Assembly unanimously approved paying 300,000 lira ($51,000) per each registered carriage plate and 4,000 lira ($680) for each horse.

The animal rights activist, who started staging protests last month after 81 horses working on the islands were killed and buried due to glanders, have ended their demonstrations after the municipality’s decision, Evrensel said. 

Istanbul's governor previously announced a three-month ban on the carriage rides citing recent horse deaths due to glanders, a fatal respiratory disease.

“The horses will be moved to a special location. Illegal stables will be demolished,” mayor Erdem Gül told Evrensel.

Hıdır Ünal, the chairman of the Chamber of Carriages, told Turkish service of Russian state-run Sputnik that each plate owner or one person from each family was told that the carriages would be hired by the municipality subsidiaries.

Hundreds of horses have been killed in Adalar, an archipelago off the coast of Istanbul, since a glanders outbreak began in 2017.