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Italy minister backs move to ban Rome's horse-drawn carriages
Rome - Animal-rights activists petitioning Rome's mayor to ban horse-drawn carriages on Monday received the backing of Italy's Tourism Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla.
The practice by which horses are used to take tourists through Rome's traffic-clogged streets, was slammed by Brambilla, a noted animal-lover.
'Tradition cannot serve to shield an activity which is no longer in line with popular sentiment and which damages the image of the capital and of Italy,' she said.
Rights groups are schedule later Monday to submit to Mayor Gianni Alemanno, 5,000 signatures collected against the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city.