Photo left: The horse that died today, Photo right: Instagram
Today’s death of a karozzin horse from an apparent heart attack has prompted the parliamentary secretary for animal rights to call for a change in the laws regulating the traditional horse and carriages.
“I am saddened by the incident and I have instructed the Animal Welfare Department’s vets and officials to determine the exact cause of the horse’s death,” Clint Camilleri said. “I will monitor this situation closely so as to as holistically reduce such incidents as much as possible. We need to revise the laws regulating karozzini.”
Gringu, an 11-year-old male, collapsed and died in the middle of Triq San Franġisk, Floriana, near Boffa Hospital.
The incident sparked outrage on social media, with several people deriding the use of karozzini in the hot summer months as animal cruelty.
Earlier this week another horse collapsed in the street after allegedly slipping on an oil slick on the road. This incident led to renewed calls for the karozzin to be banned, culminating in a protest being organised this Saturday by Animal Liberation Malta.