Animal lovers have had somewhat of a win as Melbourne is set to ban horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne’s inner city as the CBD is too hot.

The state’s roads minister, Ben Carroll, said, “We’ve heard the community’s concerns about horse-drawn carriages, and this proposal will improve safety for everyone on some of our busiest streets. We will continue to work with our road safety partners, RSPCA, and the community to ensure animal welfare and safety across the industry.”

The proposal would create precautions and rules to protect the horses from having to work in these hot areas of the city. Unfortunately, this is not a full ban, as horse-drawn carriages would still be able to drive in approved areas.

This proposal will help to protect horses from overheating in the hottest parts of the city. While this is a good first step, it is still not resolving the main issue. Horse-drawn carriages are inhumane and far out of date to still be in use.

These horses are often seriously overworked and are sometimes abused by their operators. They are also put into very dangerous situations as they have to cohabitate alongside vehicles.

Though it is good that the horses are being looked after and protected from the heat, it is still not a solution to the bigger issue at hand. There will only be real cause for celebration when horse carriages are banned altogether. Hopefully, this first small step will help lead the way there. 

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