MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A bit featuring a scantily clad woman riding bareback on a white horse has prompted officials to shut down a Florida nightclub.
Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales announced Friday that he was revoking the Mokai Lounge's business license.
❌❌THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IF IT DOES NOT UPSET OR DISTURB YOU, THEN YOU NEED TO RE-EVALUATE YOURSELF AND YOUR MORALS/VALUES. IT IS INHUMANE AND THE DEFINITION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY*** SHAME ON @mokaiofficial for using a poor helpless animal to entertain people. I will not stop posting and spamming everyone’s feed until I see that this club has been penalized for their crime. ❌❌HOW DARE YOU torture that horse for your own selfish pleasure. Have you no compassion in your hearts??? You deserve to be SHUT DOWN for abusing this poor horse. ❌❌For everyone who is asking about where the original source came from: I saw MANY people post on their Snapchat and Instagram stories and asked a friend to send me THIS SPECIFIC video he took to me so that I could bring awareness to the issue. This person would like to remain anonymous, but has given me consent to use it as I please.
A video went viral Thursday night that showed the woman riding the horse inside the club. As the animal moved through the crowded space, it appeared to panic, and the woman fell off.
Miami Beach police and code-enforcement officers began investigating after receiving multiple complaints, which ultimately led to the club shutting down. No injuries have been reported to humans or the animal.
Mokai Lounge can appeal the license revocation to the city's special master. No one from the club immediately responded to a telephone message left by The Associated Press.