Melbourne CBD horse-drawn carriages should be banned after animal welfare concerns


Competitors from Fashions on the Field ride in a horse-drawn carriage during the parade. Image: Jake Nowakowski

Horse drawn carriages may soon be banned in Melbourne’s CBD due to a change in the highway code.

The controversial tourist attraction has met with increasing backlash in recent years due to animal welfare concerns.

This was exacerbated in March when a horse fell dead on a north Melbourne street after being tied to a car.

Horse drawn carriages may soon be banned in Melbourne's CBD.
Horse drawn carriages may soon be banned in Melbourne’s CBD.

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Now the state government has offered to rewrite the city’s traffic rules so that this practice is banned in the CBD.

The affected area is expected to be the entire Hoddle network and will come into effect no earlier than 2022.

Mayor Sally Capp said any potential changes would be deliberate and the practice could still take place in other parts of the city of Melbourne.

A horse pulling a carriage collapsed and died in North Melbourne in March.  Provided
A horse pulling a carriage collapsed and died in North Melbourne in March. Provided

“We look forward to continued consultation with operators and key stakeholders to ensure that the horse drawn carriages operate in low risk areas,” she said.

“We know that space on the roads and trails in the Hoddle Network is limited, which is why we need to get people moving as best we can. “

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