Lawmaker takes horse to work at Colombia's Congress

STORY: Congress member Alirio Barrera walked into the legislative palace next to his white horse, surrounded by news crews.

“If a cat or a dog and all of these animals are allowed to enter, why shouldn't an animal such as this one?" he asked. "I was saying, this animal is less dangerous and makes less harm than many of the politicians that have passed through here, and some – just some, not all- who are still here, harm the people more. This is a helpless animal.”

The lawmaker's move is part of a protest against initiatives that could prohibit certain activities involving horses such as cattle herding.

Starting this week, Colombian congress members will be allowed to take their pets to work with them.