Horse in nightclub causes shut down

24 Oct 2019

Horse in nightclub causes shut down

UPDATE: Mokai has now reopened at the same adress. Guest list requests and table bookings can be found in the app.

The Miami Herald reports Mokai Lounge, a nightclub in Miami Beach, was shut down Friday after video went viral showing a woman riding a horse onto the dance floor. 
Video posted on social media shows a women wearing only lingerie trying to bring the animal out into the packed Mokai Lounge club on Thursday evening.

The white horse, visibly distressed by the environment, throws the rider off its back and begins to thrash about, prompting some clubbers in the venue to scream in shock.
City Manager Jimmy Morales said he revoked the club's business license Friday, citing a threat to public safety and animal cruelty laws.
"I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take," Morales told the Herald. "This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation."

As Mokai’s shutdown was announced, Mayor Dan Gelber supported Morales’ decision.
“What kind of idiot would do something like this to an animal and endanger people’s lives at that club?” Gelber said during a Friday news conference. “It’s not tolerable, not right, not humane.”
The Mokai Lounge's owner, Roman Jones, told CBS that :
"The horse is not hurt. The marketing director, who arranged the stunt, that I was unaware of, is suspended without pay," Jones said. "I am cooperating with the authorities."

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