Proposal to ban tourist cars in Rome after horses collapsed on the street

The fact that a horse collapsed while pulling a car on the street in Rome (Italy), even the driver forced it to continue working soon after, created a wave of indignation for visitors.

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Italian leaders are proposed to prevent "unreasonable exploitation of animals" after a horse collapsed while dragging tourists through narrow streets in Rome.

The outrage occurred on October 17 at Via dei Condotti (busy shopping street in the center of Rome). The horse fell after sliding on the manhole cover.
Horse-drawn carriage is a tourist activity that attracts tourists in the Italian capital. Photo: Diliana Nikolova.
Ignoring the interest of the pedestrians and demanding to take the horse to the vet, the driver continued his tour of the Spanish Steps after the animal stood up.

Alleanza Popolare Ecologista, an environmental protection group, said: "Forcing the inhumane labor of animals in the name of an outdated tradition is the abuse of animals."

"Horses in Rome are forced to pull extremely heavy objects on slippery roads and in the middle of noisy traffic. We ask the mayor of Virginia Raggi to stop the illegal exploitation of these animals."

Even without any tourists coming in, the carriage weighed 800 kg. Previously, many other horses also tripped the manhole cover. However, the national animal protection agency, ENPA, said there was no action to prevent this from happening.

"The story becomes even more disturbing when considering the driver's behavior, he acts like nothing has happened and the true health of the horse remains a mystery," ENPA added.
The incident of the horse collapsing on Via dei Condotti occurred on October 17. Photo: Wantedinrome
A witness, Rinaldo Sidoli, filmed the incident and spread it on social media. Sidoli said it was evidence that the city "must urgently approve a ban on tourist cars to save the lives of many horses". Commenting on the number of tourists who saw this scene, he called it a "slap in the image of a beautiful country".

Horse-drawn carriages are an attractive tourist activity in the Roman capital, bringing economic benefits to many local businesses. Some operators charge 350 euros (US $ 390) for four people to visit the outstanding monuments of Rome in two hours. For many visitors, horse-drawn carriages are the familiar sight and sound of the Italian capital.

A series of city mayors have made commitments to ban carriage. However, so far the proposed measures have been only minor concessions, such as moving carriages to city parks and banning tours when the outdoor temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius (although these are still not implemented yet.)
The 18-year-old Birillo horse died near the Colosseum in 2008. Photo: Today.
The condition of the horse during the October 17 incident is still unknown. However, cases of horse collapsing or dying on the streets of Rome have happened before. In 2008, an 18-year-old horse died while working near the Colosseum, another died after being hit by a car a few months earlier. In 2012, police stopped a driver trying to beat the horse when he stumbled near the Spanish steps.

Currently, 32 tour operators in Rome have a license to operate with about 80 horses working on the street.
32 licensed carriage operators in Rome. Photo: Leigh Cooper.
While many tourists still have a rosy view of a horse ride in Rome, the incident of horse collapsing on crowded streets is causing concern for the city's animal protection and tourism.

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