(ANSA.IT) ROME, ITALY — Rome’s famed ‘botticelle’ horse-drawn tourist carriages are to move from the streets of the Italian capital to its villas’ parks under a measure passed by the environmental committee on Tuesday, 25 September.
The move is set to be put to final approval by the mobility committee “within the first few days of October”, sources said.
“Among the key aims of the measure is to avoid all suffering to the horses, taking the botticelle activities to more suitable locations like parks and historic villas,” said the head of the Rome environmental committee, Daniele Diaco of the ruling anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).
It will also be possible for drivers to switch jobs and apply for taxi licenses, he said.
Since no new botticelle licenses will be issued, the carriages may disappear if all 32 drivers apply to become taxi drivers.
Animal rights groups have long complained that the horses are subject to too much stress and strain on Rome’s hot cobbled streets.
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Too much stress and strain? Hot cobbled streets? Yes, we agree. However, that’s only the beginning of what these horses suffer. Pictures say a thousand words. Look familiar?
Where do the horses live? The same type of miserable conditions, totally unnatural for a horse, as any other carriage horse in any other city. This is a worldwide system of abuse.
We can’t use this image linked here without paying for it, but it shows what the typical stall looks like.
Ban Horse Drawn Carriages
Even with moving Rome’s carriage horses to park like settings, the horses will still be working in the same weather conditions, still living in the same crumbling buildings totally in situations totally unnatural to a horse, pulling heavy loads of tourists, and can still be spooked.
“Since no new botticelle licenses will be issued, the carriages may disappear if all 32 drivers apply to become taxi drivers.”
Here is the intended replacement for the horses.
This is the best we can hope for. However, what will happen to the horses? Turned into sausages no doubt, an Italian gastromic favourite.