Man Filmed Whipping Fallen Horse Must Be Punished

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

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  2. I have to applaud the person who filmed this, gathering evidence and all that, not sure what type of footage he would have got if I was there though

  3. So sign another petition that no one will read? No! But blast this on social media, YES! This asshole should be subject to the same thing he did to that poor lovely horse that I am sure has served his money making venture for many years. Buddy, your dead ass is going to get old really soon and I so hope there is someone to beat the crap outta you as you lay on the ground in distress! You piece of shit that does not belong to be any where near an animal.

  4. Stop abusing animals this is not the first time that we see this abuse or the last the law need yo be charged that may be less people might abuse animals feel sorry for the poor horse he work all day then gets hit why
    Why not give it love ??????

  5. Nancy Dunlap says:

    This man should be in PRISON for the cruelty he put on this poor defenseless animal.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Terrible man to do such a horrible thing to an animal that can’t defend itself in any way. What a hell this animal must live in and of course, an excuse to let him go was found. Sick decision to let him off!

  7. Get rid of horse & carriages! Abuser like him make belong in a mental institution for the rest of his miserable, useless life!
    Activists protest in front his house, and Mr Camilleri’s office.
    Animals cruelties deserve justice!

  8. The Chief Justice of Malta needs to do the right thing and have this man prosecuted for animals abuse and be sent to jail, where he belongs. Shame on you Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri if you do not do the right thing!



  11. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Give me a whip❗️I’ll give him a dose of his own medicine❗️?
    Signed & Shared ?

  12. This cruel, sadistic l & callous handling of horses is a crime — this individual Alban should be held accountable for this abuse — this idiot has options yet he chooses the irrational, insane & hateful path, giving no thought whatsoever to this sweet hard-working horse — we do NOT want repeats of such crimes against horses — this idiot Alban should be held in prison for at least one year — he should be slapped with a hefty fine — thus, he’ll NEVER repeat the miserable torment he inflicts on this horse — I feel so sorry for this sweet animal — I wonder if there’s anyone in the world to protect her and be her VOICE.

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