End Carriage Horse Abuse in Rome

Target: Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno

Goal: End the ongoing negligence of laws protecting carriage horses in Rome

Botticelle are commonly used horse-drawn carriages which allow travel around the capital of Italy. Recently, more horses have begun to endure great strain under extreme conditions such as the heat. Several incidents have occurred in which these animals have been unable to continue carrying passengers, and there have been reports of drivers beating their horses. One such incident was not halted until police intervened, and several horses have died in harness.

Many complaints have been filed as a result, particularly by the Partito Animalista Europeo (PAE). Said complaints resulted in the implementation of laws in 2011 which were intended to end mistreatment of the animals by making it mandatory that horses are given breaks. When the temperature rises above 104°F (40°C), no further passengers are allowed. Despite the attention given by lawmakers, drivers continue to ignore these laws and push their horses beyond legal limits.

It is necessary that the Mayor of Rome now give this matter the attention it deserves. The PAE has suggested the use of thermometers in all carriages, as well as the introduction of independent patrols which would enforce laws. What is required are such patrols – if patrols go either unimplemented or unheeded, then what becomes necessary is the complete abolition of botticelle carriages in Rome.


Dear Mayor Alemanno,

The horses used to draw the botticelle in your city of Rome have endured constant suffering at the hands of their drivers. This has ranged from exhaustion and beatings, to deaths in the streets. Although the Partito Animalista Europeo and members of your local government have attempted to give the matter its due attention, things have not changed. Even with the implementation of laws in 2011 which sought to excuse horses from work at high temperatures, drivers continue to abuse their animals.

It is necessary that you initiate the creation of patrols which will actively and consistently enforce the laws protecting carriage horses. If these cannot be introduced, or if the laws continue to be resisted even in the face of patrols, it is up to you as the community’s leader to ensure that cruelty towards the city’s horses is ended by the abolition of Rome’s botticelle.


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  1. Horse and carriage is obsolete. In today’s society it can only lead to abuse.

  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    Abuse of any animal must not be tolerated in any shape form or fashion.

  3. SUE GRIFFITHS says:

    There’s no need to use horses for tourists. Change to something else, something that isn’t cruel and has nothing to do with animals. Retire these horses immediately to a good sanctuary. If drivers beat their horses, then they are not going to be capable of caring for them in retirement.

  4. gloria karol says:

    What kind of moron kills the golden goose –this is a reference to the owners of these horses who force them to work in unbearable heat to the detriment of their health and even death.
    What good is a dead horse==it cannot continue to provide the owners with an income which is the whole purpose to begin with!!!!!!! DDDDUH?????????????????

  5. For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

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