Animal rights advocates are up in arms after a horse was hit by a bus in Manila.
According to witnesses, a Green Star passenger bus with body number 2205 and plate number ACD 4182 hit the horse which was drawing a calesa along Magsaysay Boulevard.
Instead of stopping, the bus sped on leaving the injured horse slumped beside a passenger jeepney.
The driver of the calesa said he and his passenger also suffered bruises in the incident.
Calesa driver Dong Manson said the horse has been with him for three years now.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has promised to help in the medical treatment of the horse and in the filing of charges against the driver of the bus for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
The group Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection also went to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) today to to call for the suspension of the license of the bus driver involved in the incident.
The LTFRB said it will summon the driver and operator of the bus to a hearing.
Meanwhile, PAWS is also calling for calesas to be banned from city roads and confined to tourist areas like Intramuros for the safety of the animals.
--with a report from Dominic Almelor, ABS-CBN NEWS