A PROTEST has been held outside the Junta’s offices in Malaga to demand action over the abandonment and abuse of horses.

CYD Santa Maria horse rescue centre, in Alhaurin el Grande, led the protest to highlight the plight of horses in southern Spain.

The rescue centre currently receives an average of 50 requests a week to take on unwanted horses.

There are a further 20 complaints from the public about mistreated or abandoned horses needing urgent help.

A number of these came when traffic accidents were caused by horses on the loose.

The protest urged the Junta to create a department with specific responsibility for protecting the rights of horses.