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Miami nightclub to reopen after admitting to animal cruelty

The club was closed two weeks ago after a dangerous stunt involving a horse…


Miami’s Mokai Lounge club is set to reopen after being shut down earlier this month after a stunt involving a horse in the venue.

Authorities were made aware of the incident in the club when a video was shared online of a woman wearing a bikini riding a horse across the busy dancefloor.

On Friday 9th March, Miami City Manager Jimmy Morales revoked Mokai’s business license, saying, “I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take. This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”

The decision to revoke the nightclub’s licence was supported by the mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, who said, “It’s not tolerable, not right, not humane.”

However, now the venue has since been given permission to reopen after admitting to five violations related to the incident, including animal cruelty.

As reported in the Miami Herald, the venue will have to pay $12,150 payment in code violations within the next 10 days and donate $10,000 Peaceful Ridge Rescue for Horses farm.

The club will reopen tomorrow night.