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Horse Carriage Suspended in Princes’ Islands, Istanbul After Glanders Outbreak

Horse carriage has been suspended in Istanbul's Princes' Islands for three months due to a disease outbreak,

The outbreak has occurred in Buyukada, where motor vehicles are banned and horse carriage is the primary medium of transport.

The District Governorship of Princes’ Islands has announced that 81 horses the Buyukada island were killed by officials following a glanders outbreak.

Eighty-one horses were killed on Dec. 19 as a result of glanders, an infectious disease that occurs primarily in horses and can be contracted by other animals such as dogs and cats, according to a statement issued by the district governor’s office of Adalar, the district in Istanbul Province that includes the Princes’ Islands.

“All animals that belong to the Equidae family (horses, donkeys, mules) in our district are subjected to health screening twice a year in accordance with the related legislation,” the district governor’s office said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu made a statement about the killing of the horses in Buyukada.

“There are many neglected issues in Adalar district. Ninety percent of the problems will be solved in the first half of this year. The issue of carriage comes first,” he said.

Around 1,500 horses are used for transportation purposes on the Princes’ Islands, where vehicular traffic is banned. They are particularly popular among day-tripping tourists visiting the island. Horse carriage has been suspended in Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands for three months due to a disease outbreak.

The Turkish authorities have announced in 2018 that electric cars would soon replace the horse-drawn carriages on Princes’ Islands. However, no concrete steps have been taken yet.

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