With summer now in full swing, laws are set to be published to safeguard creatures who bear the brunt of the heat more than most – the horses which pull the karozzini.
“Discussions have been ongoing for months with the Animal Welfare Council, activists and karozzin riders,” parliamentary secretary Clint Camilleri told Lovin Malta.
While he didn’t get into the details of the new regulations, Camilleri said that they won’t go to extremes and won’t include an outright ban on karozzini.
“I believe that decisions should be based on reason and not on emotions,” he argued.
Camilleri last year called for a change to the law regulating karozzini after a karozzin horse died from an apparent heart attack, sparking social media outrage.
Animal rights commissioner Dennis Montebello outlined his vision for the new regulations last night during an interview on TVM’s Insights, presented by Glen Falzon.
“I assume that no karozzini will be allowed between 12pm and 2pm or if the temperature exceeds 30°C and that routes won’t include hilly terrains,” he said. “I’m informed that the karozzin riders didn’t even complain much about the new regulations because they realise that if there’s no control over them, karozzini will eventually have to be banned.”
He also noted that Rome had started providing electric karozzini for tourists… but stopped short of proposing such a model for Malta.