RSPCA supports proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne’s CBD

Many share concerns for the welfare of horsesRSPCA Victoria welcomes last night’s announcement of the proposed ban on the use of carriage horses in Melbourne’s CBD.

RSPCA Victoria has long held concerns for the welfare of horses in Melbourne’s CBD, with the Inspectorate regularly attending cases of reported cruelty and concerns from members of the public relating to carriage horses.

RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of any animal for the purpose of work, or training associated with such use, where injury, pain, suffering or distress is likely to be caused and advocates for the adoption of compulsory and enforced animal welfare standards and a registration and licensing system.

RSPCA Victoria regularly investigates cruelty cases relating to carriage horses. Most recently in April 2021, after receiving a cruelty report, RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate launched an investigation after a carriage horse collapsed and died in North Melbourne.

RSPCA Victoria supports banning the use of carriage horses in the busy CBD area where horse welfare and safety are severely compromised.

RSPCA Victoria will continue to work to improve the welfare of carriage horses and support the Melbourne City Council and the Victorian Government while the proposed ban is being considered.

Anyone with concerns for the welfare of animals is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate via or by calling 9224 2222.

View RSPCA’s Policy on working animals on RSPCA Knowledge Base.

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