Sunday, May 22, 2011

June 4th: Horses Without Carriages International Day

Saturday, June 4: For the occasion of Horses Without Carriages International Day, with

LAV - Lega Anti Vivisection Onlus comes to the streets of Rome to show their opposition to the continuation of the cruel and anachronistic horse carriages.
The botticellle are based on the exploitation of poor horses enslaved in the name of a tradition that no longer has any link with the identity and image of contemporary Rome. According to a recent online survey of October 2010 as many as 89% of Roman advocates the abolition of the barrels.

The initiative is aimed at all groups and all citizens who wish to demonstrate peacefully. Information materials will be distributed and you can sign the petition OIPA.

It is time to abolish the horse carriage industry in Rome NOW!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Volunteer Attacked by Carriage Driver in Rome

Ideal Conditions for a Horse???

"Volunteer attacked by Carriage Driver"

The association against the use of carriages in the city charges that on, "Saturday, April 2 at Piazza Venezia, one of our volunteers was hit, pushed and spit on by a Carriage Driver, and the Commune di Roma has not done anything., “ said Councilor Visconti, "This is a very serious episode. Environmental and Animal Rights Once again, groups will meet soon"
“Once again, another attack by a carriage driver in Rome.” This was the accusation of OIPA, an organization that fights for the abolition of horse drawn carriages in Rome
"The carriages in the capital continue to be a problem, not only for horses, but also for the safety of the citizens themselves, who are more increasingly victims of violence by one of the coachmen. They said in a statement.

The story of the episode: "On Saturday, April 2, at Piazza Venezia, a volunteer of OIPA who was who was raising awareness on the suffering the horses endure due to the carriages of the barrels was attacked by a driver. He, “Got out of his carriage in a threatening way , gave a strong push making the volunteer nearly fall to the ground and, not content, he also spit on the volunteers head. "

"The volunteer, who also suffers from a severe disability was literally shocked and filed a regular complaint against the driver responsible for this shameful behavior, “ The association continues, “Now add this episode to a long series of violent acts against citizens guilty only of worrying about and voicing their concerns about the health of those 90 horses, that every day in all weather conditions, with virtually no time restrictions, are forced to tow cars overloaded with tourists, the streets of downtown, in the middle of the traffic and smog. "

"How can this state of events continue under the eyes of the authorities? If somehow the driver had been taken to date he would not have had that arrogant attitude arrogant think it is so easy to attack a fellow citizen of Rome, "Said OIPA.”People are sensitive to the fate of the horses, are increasingly outraged, as well as the absence of measures for the protection of animals, including the immunity enjoyed by this category of coachmen. OIPA wants to promote the electric carriages, as announced by ' municipal administration two years and yet has not yet been seen. “How much more will have to wait to put an end to this issue? “Said the note from OIPA, “The City of Rome makes promises with words and written paper (which is reality these resolutions are ineffective and never applied), but still no concrete change.”

Solidarity with the attacked volunteer was expressed by, Patrizia Prestipino: ''The attack suffered by an OIPA volunteer is yet another disturbing episode that features yet anothercarriage driver. The gesture is even more serious because the victim is a disabled woman on disability who is only guilty of being concerned with animals’ well being. For months the City has continued to promise a solution to this anachronistic service, but has not changed anything and continues to add up the reactions displayed by the coachmen who have no fear of losing the privileges they enjoy. Obviously someone is comfortable that things remain as they are.''

The story also spoke of the deputy in charge of Roma,, Marco Visconti, '' the aggression perpetrated against a volunteer is a very serious incident, an unacceptable and cowardly act and I therefore offer the greatest solidarity,” said Visconti, “And the strongest condemnation against those who committed the violent act. In the coming days I intend to meet with animal rights groups to review progress on the issue of horse drawn carriage in Rome.'' End Story.

How many of these violent episodes need to occur before the city of Rome wakes up? this is UNACCEPTABLE! We want a total ban, NOW.

If you are visiting in Rome, please enjoy Rome on foot, on a bike, by bus, by Segway, or taxi. Taking a Carriage ride in Rome means you support not only cruelty to horses in Rome, but violent drivers and corruption. There are laws that are never implemented, and the drivers have no set rates.

"Obviously someone is comfortable that things remain as they are"


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Beginning of the End?

Recently in Rome, 11 of the vetturini, or coachmen asked to change their carriage license permits to taxi licenses. this is allowed due to a resolution from 2010. Does this mean carriages are slowly going to be faded out in Rome? Maybe these carriage drives realize that we will never stop fighting for the horses until this industry is totally abolished. We don't want more laws that are never enforced, we want the industry banned for good.
The next big question is what will happen to these horses. Will they find sanctuary or the butcher?

This is translated, albeit poorly, by me, from the article in Il Messaggero:

11 Carriage Drivers in Rome ask to change their permits from horse drawn carriages to taxi

Laura Bogliolo

ROME - They're trying to change jobs, leaving behind the carriages drawn by weary horses, forced to survive in the traffic of the center. Eleven of the 42 carriage drivers working in the Capital have asked the Department of Transportation to change their authorization to a taxi license. These requests date back to December, when directing the Department of Transportation was Sergio Marchi. In recent months, the drivers continued to express a willingness to change jobs and have met with the department. They are not asking for new permits but rather, a change in the type of permits already issued. The possibility of transforming a carriage license by coachmen into that of a Taxi license is due to a municipal resolution adopted a year and a half ago.

"There is a resolution that the council passed in the courtroom,” -said the Minister for Transportation, Antonello Aurigemma, “ Once we receive requests the Department and the Board will only respect the will of the Council, we welcome such requests, and the offices will work to initiate the process that leads to the issuing of of taxi licenses.”

“It’s all set,” explains Luca Gramazio, “The resolution allows this because the service offered by coachmen also concerns public transport." Simply change the type of license from carriage permit to taxi license. The issue of the botticelle is still a very controversial issue. Recently, the Undersecretary of Health, Francesca Martini, has requested that the city the city prepare warning signs in the areas where the coachmen park, which indicate the time schedules and obligations for the drivers. Not only that, Martini, in response to a question of five members, has listed all the measures that the City should have taken and included in the regulations governing the taxi should include the carriages.

Among these improved controls for the protection of animals which are still often forced to operate in the hottest hours and without rest would be the creation of protected routes with the provision of equipped parking areas and provision on operating hours.

Too many problems are still unresolved, including poor sanitary conditions, the crimes committed daily by coachmen with horses going at a trot (a practice forbidden) and next to the driver (the law prohibited for security reasons), as well as horses being forced to work during forbidden hours. In Defense of Animals has also drafted the actress Franca Valeri, who in a letter sent to Il Messaggero, appeals to save the worn out horses, with their head locked to the ground, forever locked in old blinders. "Rome - wrote Valeri - has no more space, or wind for a carriage ride."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Say no to a ride! JUST SAY NO!!

How trashy is THIS guy? Does his cruelty towards horses turn you on?


Un giro in carrozza non รจ romantico, non essere crudele per SAN VALENTINO!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Demonstration Against Horse Drawn Carriages in Rome Sunday January 16th

Sunday, January 16 • 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location Piazza San Marco
Created By Horses Without Carriages International ROME

More Info Centopercentoanimalisti sezione di Roma e il Partito Animalista Europeo organizzano un presidio contro le Botticelle di Roma.

Participa Horses Without Carriages International ROME

Appuntamento domenica 16 gennaio alle ore 11 a Roma, piazza di San Marco (a fianco di Piazza Venezia)

100% Animalisti Roma and The Partito Animalista Europeo have organized a demonstration against horse drawn carriages in Rome.

Horses Without Carriages International Rome will be participating.

The appointment is on Sunday 16th of January at 11am in Rome at Piazza di San Marco which is right next to Piazza Venezia.

Please Participate! Lets Make 2011 the year to end this cruel industry in Rome!!!