Horse-drawn carriages will be banned in Rome’s city streets

Yvonne O'Halloran

Italy’s capital is banning horse-drawn carriages from its streets, much to the joy of animal welfare groups that have been campaigning against the lucrative trade for years.

However, many have criticised the mayors decision to still allow the business to continue in parks rather than abolishing the trade altogether.

Known as botticelle, the open-top carriages are popular amongst tourists, with some tour operators charging €100 (£90) for a ride around the city.

Mayor Virginia Raggi said: “Carriages will no longer be able to circulate in the streets, in the traffic… only inside the historic parks,”

“You will never again see tired horses on the streets of the city during the hottest hours of the summer months, because we have expressly forbidden it,”

However, Rinaldo Sidoli, a spokesman for the animal and environmental activist group Alleanza Popolare Ecologista echos the disappointment from many that feel the ban doesn’t do enough. He said: “In 2016, Raggi guaranteed the abolition of horse-drawn carriages and not simply their transferral to parks, so these horses will continue to be exploited,”

“They also haven’t established a date for when this will begin, so for us this announcement is empty.”

Article written by Martha Moody-United Kingdom

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