Traditional Maltese horse-drawn carriages have been banned from the streets during hot summer afternoons.
The new law on ‘karozzini’ came into force on Friday in a major victory for animal rights campaigners.
It means that horses will now be kept off the streets from 1pm to 4pm, when temperatures are in Malta are at their hottest.
Owners could be fined up to €65,000 if they break the law.
Clint Camilleri, Malta’s minister for animal rights, announced the new rules at a press conference.