By Humphrey Carter
In just over a week since a petition to ban horse and carriages from the streets of Palma was launched on line, 70,000 people have signed up.
Palma.—The petition was launched on the Change.org website by a Palma resident, Luis Moreira, after a horse fainted and collapsed in front of passers by and tourists on 8 May near the Cathedral.
“Over the past few years, the number of incidents involving horses has increased. Some of the carriages are knocked into by impatient drivers while a number of horses have died of heat exhaustion or being over worked,” Moreira explained.
“What is more, the horses are forced to carry out heavy work every day of the year,”he added.
According to sources at Change.org, the petition has now captured the attention of the international community, in particular Germany where support for the campaign is mounting by the day and doing little to help Palma’s image.
In fact, the petition has been translated into German and now just over 60 percent of the people signing the petition are Germans.