1. Horse drawn carriages as operated in Malta (Karozzin) are an unnecessary barbaric tradition that exploits horses, but had a horse not died last week, the issue would never have received the attention it deserves.

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2. Most carriage drivers will claim to love their horses but love is relative to education and compassion. Both of these qualities (education and compassion) are nurtured and shaped throughout one’s childhood and when you’re brought up to think that it’s ok to make a living out of the exploitation of an animal with no say, both your education and compassion will leave lots to be desired.

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3. Most of the horses used for Karozzini are retired racehorses whose original owners dispose of them as soon as they stop being competitive.

4. Again, most racehorse owners will, hand on heart, claim to love their horses, but if this were truly the case they wouldn’t be abandoning them or selling them off to be used as carriage horses the moment they have no more use for them.

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5. Had the outdated practice of Karozzini to be banned entirely we will definitely have an even bigger ‘homing’ problem, but this should not be used as an excuse to keep the exploitation going.

6. You see, horses are constantly being imported from overseas and also bred here for racing, however their racing career here in Malta isn’t very long since they’re often bought after retirement. We also have very poor facilities and even poorer horsemanship, which results in injuries. A racehorse’s life usually ends there and chances are that it is then illegally slaughtered and sold on the meat black market.

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7. We have reached saturation point with our horse community, which in itself, is very small. People who adopt either have their own fields and stables or rent a stable a livery yard and of course pay monthly upkeep bills, riding, etc.

8. Introducing strict conditions, rules and regulations such as these in the UK is definitely the first step to improve the situation for Karozzin horses but forgive me for being extremely cynical about the enforcement of any law or rule in Malta… especially one that is animal related.

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9. At the moment Karrozin drivers are only required to do this little process before they can legally and freely take their ‘beloved’ horses out in the August sun to pull five passengers and a carriage up Crucifix hill.

10. On Facebook Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri said that the law regulating the operation of horse drawn carriages needs to be revised, but please forgive me for not jumping up and down with joy. In fact I honestly hope that this piece of legislation falls under Transport Malta and therefore Hon Ian Borg, because Hon Clint Camilleri has let us down so many times, I have no faith left in him whatsoever.

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