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Carriage driver kicked a downed horse

Dear Editor,
The widely reposted social media video of a fallen horse in the middle of a busy Melbourne road provides yet more damning evidence that a modern city is no place for horses. And that the use of animals for entertainment is out of step with twenty-first century social values.
The horse collapsed on one of Melbourne’s busiest roads. Video from a bystander shows a veterinary nurse trying to stop the driver from kicking the fallen animal, who was unable to get up. The driver uses obscene language, and tells the nurse to “get out of the way” as she pleads with him to stop kicking the horse.
Horse-drawn carriages are dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians as well as appallingly cruel to these gentle animals. The time has come for the government to ban these carriages for good.
Desmond Bellamy
Special Projects Coordinator
PETA Australia
PO Box 2352
Byron Bay NSW 2481
0411 577 416