Horse-drawn carriages banned in Oxford

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Horse-drawn carriages have been banned from Oxford town centre amid fears over animal welfare.

The city's local authority has also deemed the problem of congestion resulting from the animal-driven vehicles to be a major problem.

One of the key concerns raised by objectors was the detour over cobbled paths, which, as many equine insurance customers know, can be dangerous for horses.

Kevin Merry, who proposed operating the horse-drawn carriage service, said that he had been working with horses for 30 years and their welfare was always a key consideration.
"The thing is, there's just two horses pulling one carriage, it's not like the Trooping of the Colour," he said.

Mr Merry also pointed out that he had offered a portion of his profits to a charity that works to rehabilitate maltreated horses.

However, a majority at Oxford council voted against the plans – effectively outlawing horse-drawn carts in the city.

Recently, World Horse Welfare launched a campaign to stop the long-distance transportation of horses on the continent.

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