Spread ‘peace and good will’ to all animals this festive season.
Posted 04 Dec 2023
Posted on the 19th December 2011
Animal Aid’s Director, Andrew Tyler, and Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall, will be in Oxford today to fight a proposal to introduce horse-drawn carriages to the centre centre. They will be addressing the full council, setting out our opposition to the scheme on animal welfare and public safety grounds.
Oxford City councillors will today vote on whether to approve a scheme for a horse-drawn carriage service through the city centre. Animal Aid, which led a campaign that stopped a similar proposal in the city ten years ago, will address the full council before the vote, setting out its opposition on animal welfare and public safety grounds.
The campaign group has also invited all councillors and local media to attend its drop-in information session in a room at the town hall ahead of the evening meeting. There, councillors will be shown film of the proposed route, illustrating its hazards, as well as examples of how such carriage schemes in other cities have led to horses collapsing, dying, or ‘spooking’ and running amok.
Carriage Horses in Oxford:
The case against
The question of horse welfare – as well as the proposed new Byelaws – does not appear to have been considered in an adequate or independent manner. The General Licensing Purposes Committee accepted that the welfare conditions were satisfactory based on the recommendations of the Public Health Team Leader in Environmental Development. But it is unclear how the Team Leader came to his or her decision and whether an independent expert was consulted. Below we set out a number of concerns relating to horse welfare: