Rome horse-drawn carriages raise concern due to heat

Police to carry out checks on work conditions

Rome horse-drawn carriages raise concern due to heat

Rome, June 20 - Italian law enforcement authorities have said they will initiate a series of checks on Thursday and Friday to ensure horses used to draw carriages through Rome for tourist entertainment are working under acceptable conditions during the heat wave the Italian capital is suffering. The checks will involve not only temperature controls to ensure tours are not being run in moments of peak heat conditions, but also that the horses are being properly looked after, and allowed to rest and drink. In addition, local law states horses cannot draw public carriages for more than 6 hours a day, and that they must rest in the shade between one tour and another. Police will also ensure animals are allowed to drink sufficient water to combat the heat, that they are not pulling excessive weight and that they don't run during the banned hours of 1 pm to 5 pm during the day.

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