Proposes that Government buys karozzini licences to reduce them from the roads

The Malta Society for the Care and Protection of Animals (MSPCA) has proposed to Government to buy the licences of karozzini in Malta in order to protect horses so as to eliminate the use of karozzini or at least reduce their number by half.

Althea Galea from the MSPCA told Television Malta that although these are part of Maltese culture it is not acceptable that it should be based on the cruelty of animals. She also said this would be a form of compensation to karozzin owners who have suffered through lack of tourism during the pandemic and are not able to earn their livelihood.

The MSPCA is maintaining that its aim is the protection of animals and does not believe that horses should be the victims of exploitation and therefore the Government pays owners a sum of money by purchasing their licences and disabled themselves from being karozzin drivers.

Galea, who is the Manager of MSPCA, told Television Malta that tourism has not recovered yet from the pandemic and therefore the use of karozzins has been very limited. She said the society’s proposed measure will benefit both owners and horses.

She said there are currently 110 licences and these are in excess of the country’ needs. Additionally, in the current situation, cab owners are not receiving the income they require and cannot afford to take proper care of their horses.

Althea Galea added that over and above purchasing the licenses, the Government should take the horses under its custody and should establish a horse sanctuary financed by the State. She maintained that if the Government does not accept to purchase the licences, these should be reduced from 110 to 55.

She said many of the country’s cultures are based on the cruelty to animals and these should not be used for exploitation and entertainment.

Althea Galea ended by saying that Israel has become the first country to prohibit horse-drawn carriages, followed by the United States. Ideally, Malta should follow in the same steps while assuring that no horse will be left homeless or have to be slaughtered.