We are delighted to report that Melbourne City Council will cease offering permits to horse-drawn carriage operators from June 30 this year. The AJP ran candidates at the recent Council elections in order to get this practise banned, and much work has been done by us in lobbying Councillors to support this move for some time. We are delighted to have played a significant part in making this the most complained-about issue to the Melbourne City Council, ultimately leading to this welcome decision.
A huge thanks must go to Kristin of Melbourne Against Horse-Drawn Carriages and her colleagues and assistants. Kristin spearheaded this campaign for the AJP over many years and has been instrumental in delivering this outcome through her tireless activism. A big thank you also to Melbourne City Councillors Rohan Leppert and Cathy Oke for their unwavering support, and to Mayor Robert Doyle for finally acting in line with his constituents’ wishes. And lastly, a thank you to ALL OF YOU who attended rallies, wrote letters and generally made this an issue that the MCC could no longer ignore.
Today, this is a win for the AJP and the animal lovers of Melbourne. But we will continue to make noise, lobby, protest and negotiate with all the political capital we have for the MANY other issues that matter. Because the Animal Justice Party isn’t just of value at election time. We are ALWAYS working to give animals a voice in Australian politics.