Horrific image shows a dead horse laid in a Melbourne street as animal charities call for controversial cart rides to be BANNED
- The horse died at about 10.30am on Sunday on Arden Street in North Melbourne
- A photo shows its dead body draped in blankets while still attached to the cart
- Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages is calling for a ban on horse carriages
- RSPCA Victoria confirmed it is investigating the incident after receiving a report
A disturbing photo of a dead horse lying in the middle of a busy Melbourne street has prompted animal welfare charities to call for a ban on controversial carriage rides.
The animal died at 10.30am on Sunday on Arden Street in North Melbourne, where a shocked onlooker captured a photo of its dead body draped in blankets while still attached to the cart.
Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages campaign director Kristin Leigh said it was ‘always going to be a matter of time’ before a horse died while giving tourists carriage rides around the city.
‘We are devastated for the poor horse who seemingly died at the hands of these operators,’ she told news.com.au.
The animal died at about 10.30am on Sunday on Arden Street in North Melbourne, where an onlooker captured a photo of its dead body draped in blankets while still attached to the cart
The animal welfare group is demanding the Road Safety Minister ban horse-drawn carriages from Victorian roads as animals ‘are not vehicles’.
But under the 1986 Victorian Road Safety Act, horses are considered to be a mode of transport.
Victorian Animal Justice Party MP Andy Merrick said the latest death is ‘truly heartbreaking’ and ‘totally preventable’.
‘Horses and cars on busy city streets don’t mix. It’s that simple. It isn’t just an animal welfare issue, it’s a road safety issue too,’ he said.
Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages has previously blasted the enterprise for forcing horses to work in temperatures of up to 37C and down to as low as 5C, sometimes for 12 hours at a time.
‘When not working, the horses are predominantly kept in inadequately sized yards in the inner city, in unacceptable conditions,’ the group said.
‘The horse-drawn carriages are often defended as a tourist attraction, however, they are not mentioned once in the City of Melbourne Tourism Plan, nor do they appear on Tourism Victoria’s website.
‘The fact is, these horses earn money for their owners but the trade is of no consequence for the tourism industry and does not enhance Melbourne as a visitor destination.’
In 2019, a carriage driver was filmed kicking and screaming at a horse which had collapsed in the middle of a road in Melbourne
RSPCA Victoria confirmed it is investigating the incident after receiving a report regarding the horse that died over the weekend.
In 2019, a carriage driver was filmed kicking and screaming at a horse which had collapsed in the middle of a road in Melbourne.
Shocked onlookers filmed the confronting moment the driver screamed at the horse, before he shouted at witnesses who pleaded for him to stop.
‘Get up, f**king lazy b***h,’ the driver could be heard saying to the horse in footage filmed by veterinary nurse Krista Knight.
During the incident Ms Knight was heard begging for the man to stop kicking the horse.