The sight of a helpless horse lying in the street tends to resonate deeply with people. Whether consciously or subconsciously, this experience does play on our collective guilt, suggesting that we all somehow share the responsibility that allows these majestic animals into the role of servitude for the sake of entertaining people.
The Maltese Karrozzin is just that. A horse pulling a carriage-load of tourists around in the scorching hot summer heat and humidity, allowing these gentle animals to breathe in the pollution from exhaust fumes for their owners to make money.
Every passing day, these horses are subject to developing dangerous respiratory problems and crippling leg conditions from constant contact with the hard, rough surfaces on the ground. Overworked and ill, they strive to survive as they endure insufferable conditions and unendurable pain throughout their entire lives.
Overseas, laws do exist which require that these horses have a fifteen-minute break every two hours, giving them time to drink and rest. However, here in Malta, there are no such laws that are enforced anywhere on the Island. It is highly unlikely that horses get any type of break when there are customers waiting.
In many cases, these gentle animals have dropped dead from heatstroke after working in the busy streets. Horses have often been seriously spooked by the loud noises from traffic in the streets and have then run amok because of their extreme sensitivity to unexpected sounds. Horses and sometimes people have been seriously hurt, with some injuries resulting in fatalities.
This is the main reason for the accidents that occur and puts the lives of people and horses on the road in great danger.
SAVE THE HORSES!
They have no voice and no choice. They are Maltese owned carriage horses. Sweet, docile animals, these horses work all hours of the day, seven days a week, between the shafts of their carriage and in extremely dangerous traffic.
After a long day’s work, the horses return to confined, cramped conditions. Dehydrated, dirty and sweaty, many of these horses are not well cared for during the day time and are not properly cleaned at night. Every morning, they have no choice but to begin working another dreary day on the streets.
When these poor worn out horses grow too ill, tired or too old to continue pulling heavy loads, they are slaughtered and their carcasses turned into food for human consumption as horse meat or alternatively as dog food.