A Gozo Channel, announcement posted on their Facebook page has stirred up a tidal wave of public outrage and unleashed a passionate debate that’s hotter than a summer’s day on the docks.
In a statement, Gozo Channel informed its faithful travellers and the general public about a new pet policy that aims to bring some order to the furry friends sailing aboard. The announcement stated that pets would be restricted to the lobby and outdoor areas of the vessels, while being leashed or contained in pet carriers.
Furthermore, a stern reminder was issued that pets would not be permitted to roam into the lounge and cafeteria spaces.
While the intention behind this new regulation might have been to ensure a harmonious sailing experience for all passengers, it seems to have struck a nerve in the hearts of pet owners and animal lovers across the board.
A chorus of dissenting voices rose from the depths of the comment section, decrying the move as an infringement on the rights of pet owners. Others pointed out the discomfort that might arise from having pets cooped up in the crowded lobby areas, especially during peak travel times.
Supporters of the decision have voiced concerns about hygiene and passenger safety. A section of the public rallied behind Gozo Channel, agreeing that allowing pets to roam freely in enclosed spaces might lead to a messy, chaotic, and even potentially dangerous environment for passengers and pets alike.