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Court says horses cannot wear diapers

Posted by Luminus on December 9, 2005

Regulations to control horse dung in the streets by forcing horse owners to tie bags under horses constituted cruelty to the animals, a Maltese court has ruled.The bags, popularly known as nappies, were ordered under 2002 regulations to stop the horses from fouling the streets, but owners never enforced them and 60 of them took the government to court.

A magistrate found the nappies to breach the Animal Welfare Act after vets explained that a horse’s tail had to be kept free to swat flies, the Malta Times reported on Thursday.

The practice of putting diapers on horses is also used in other European cities where horses pull carriages for tourists.

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