Target: Silvio Camilleri, Chief Justice of Malta
Goal: Punish man who repeatedly whipped his horse as it was pulling a carriage, causing it to fall to the ground while pulling a carriage.
A man filmed brutally whipping his fallen horse will not be prosecuted for animal cruelty despite his actions. The man, identified as Alban Josef Saliba, was arrested after mobile phone footage uploaded to social media showed him repeatedly whipping his 22-year-old mare as she lay on the ground struggling to stand back up. The horse was pulling a carriage when she reportedly slipped and fell.
Because the animal did not bear any lesions, charges against the man were dropped, despite the footage showing how brutally he was striking the fallen animal. The mare is seen flailing on the ground, panicked and still tethered to the carriage she was pulling, while Saliba hits her at least three times. Whether or not the horse presented visible external signs of being whipped, beating a fallen animal is never acceptable and is just another instance of carriage owners abusing their horses.
Sign this petition demanding that this man is prosecuted for this cruel act and forbidden from keeping animals. Horse-drawn carriages must also be banned to prevent such abuse.
Dear Justice Camilleri,
The man who was filmed whipping his fallen horse in the street must be punished. Footage shows Alban Josef Saliba repeatedly striking his 22-year-old mare with a large whip as she lay on the ground, struggling to get up. The horse reportedly slipped and fell and is seen flailing about, panicked, while Saliba brutally whips her.
It is unacceptable that this man was not punished for his act simply because the horse did not present visible wounds. She no doubt suffered physically from being whipped, not to mention the distress and trauma she certainly incurred. Please ensure the decision not to prosecute this man is reversed so that he is properly punished and banned from keeping animals. This incident also shows how dangerous horse-drawn carriages are and proves that they must be urgently banned.
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Photo credit: Jesmine Bugre