ISTANBUL

Horse-drawn carriages on Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands are a thing of the past, to be replaced by electric vehicles, said the city’s mayor on Monday.

The announcement followed the culling of 81 horses due to an outbreak of glanders, as well as charges of abuse by animal rights activists.

“Thirty-five symbolic carriages will remain” on the islands, Ekrem Imamoglu told a press conference in Turkey’s largest city.

“The carriages will be removed. It is clear,” he added.

As of next summer on the islands — which only allow internal combustion engines for official vehicles — transportation will be provided by

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