Andrés Martinez, the father of five children and resident of the barrio Olaya, from about 10 years ago is owner of “Paco”, a donkey that pulls a cart with which to earn daily bread for his family.
In the years that Andrew has been using this type of vehicle has only suffered the death of a donkey, with which he worked approximately 4 years, and that he suffered a disease that its owner still unknown.
“When he died my donkey, with that I started in this job, I thought to find another job, but the situation forced me to get another animal, these,” said Andrew, who also said, “Paco, I try to feed him well and take care of it, because the intent is not to kill him.”
Take him to lots where there is a boil, give waste, especially of fruits, at least three times a day are part of the daily routine of Andrew and his ‘co-worker’, as he calls it, in addition to hidratarlo all times that possible.
“I always try not to load it too much, however there are chances that the situation requires,” said Martinez.
The substitution of animal traction vehicles has always been within the possibilities of Andrés, who despite the fact that no agency had approached him to tell him of this, he has heard from other people.
“For me it would be a privilege to stop using Paco, because I know that he suffers, it would be better with a motocarro”, said Andrew.
Like Andrés are many owners of animal-drawn vehicles still have not received information about the replacement.
For the immobilization
Traffic offenses and the immobilization of several auto rickshaws that were delivered to replace the vehicles of animal traction are the main impediment to continue the process that began several years ago, so said the Administrative Department of Traffic and Transport (DATT).
Thus, the district has opted to rethink the strategies of substitution of vehicles, so that the desire of Andrew to rest to “Paco” is being tarnished. “The replacement will not be made by motocarro, that is why we are currently carrying out an analysis of strategies to determine why they would replace this type of vehicle, the idea is to offer better alternatives,” said the spokesman for the transit authority.
Despite the fact that the Decree 178 of 2012 prohibits the transit of animal traction vehicles in the country in Cartagena, the problem is not diminishing.
Still very common to see donkeys, mules and horses collapsed, wounded and loaded of all kinds of things going in the streets of the city, the last episode of this type was presented in the district New Forest earlier in the week, where a horse collapsed due to fatigue.
“We don’t understand why not yet carried out the replacement of the carromula, when they had to replace from the last administration, therefore, must be replaced as soon as possible,” said Mary Bonfante, president of the Association for the protection of Animals.
For its part, a spokesman for the DATT said that “the plan this year is to completely eradicate the animal traction vehicles, the mission is to replace about 500 vehicles of this type there are in the city.”
They should do a census
For the complete eradication of animal traction vehicles in the city, according to Bonfante, “we should do a census to be sectored, in order to determine with accuracy what the number of these vehicles, in addition to bear in mind what are the needs of the people it intended to reach, that is to say, the owners of the carromula”.