A protest in Melbourne calling to scrap the city’s horse-drawn carriages took place in Melbourne today, a week after a confronting video showing a horse collapsed on the street made the rounds on social media.
During the middle of Melbourne’s CBD, the horse pictured in this video collapsed to the ground. It was initially reported by a passer-by that this was due to heat exhaustion, but the industry has hit back and said the horse was bitten and fell over. Regardless of why this horse fell to the ground, it is unacceptable to have carriage horses in the city amongst pedestrians, cyclists, trams and cars. These horses can work up to 12 hours a day, and as we approach warmer weather, we have concerns for the horses standing on hot roads and carting passengers.If you are outraged that this industry is still allowed to operate in the CBD, please join Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses and Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages at our joint March For The Horses this Friday: http://on.fb.me/1KDg7uoIf you cannot make the demonstration, you can sign the petition which is being presented to City Of Melbourne on the day: https://www.change.org/p/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-the-city-of-melbourne-not-as-romantic-as-you-might-think
Posted by Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses on Sunday, 4 October 2015