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A photo of the electric bus that will carry tourists on the route to Morskie Oko in the Tatra Mountains was shown on Tuesday on Platform X by the Minister of Climate, Paulina Hennig-Kloska. The vehicle, which will run in the Tatra National Park from June at the latest, is the result of an agreement after the “round table” regarding the situation of horses. “We move from words to deeds,” wrote the head of the ministry.

Minister of Climate and Environment Paulina Hennig-Kloska showed on Tuesday on Platform X an electric bus that will carry tourists on the route to Morskie Oko, relieving the fiacra horses.

“We are moving from words to deeds! The electric bus that will run on the route to Morskie Oko is already in the Tatra Mountains,” said the head of the ministry. Left MP Łukasz Litewka also commented on the matter on social media, emphasizing that “first of all, the bus is intended for disabled and elderly people.”

An electric bus on the route to Morskie Oko

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The 16-person bus will run on the Polana Palenica–Włosienica route. Its tests are scheduled to start no later than June 1.

LOOK: There is an agreement on the use of horses on the route to Morskie Oko. “Everyone received something”

The electric vehicle is one of the elements of the agreement reached on May 17 after a “round table” regarding the situation of horses transporting tourists to Morskie Oko. It was attended by, among others, Minister Hennig-Kloska, representatives of the local government, the Tatra National Park, drivers, veterinarians, members of the Tatra Animal Welfare Society and the Viva Foundation.

“The compromise is really good”

The meeting resulted in a signing agreement, which contained 12 points.

– Today we have a situation in which climatic conditions are clearly changing. There has been a discussion about horse transport to Morskie Oko for years, which arouses numerous social emotions and it is impossible not to hear and notice them, but it is also impossible not to believe that tourism could continue to develop here to some extent – emphasized Hennig -Kloska during a press conference in Zakopane. She assessed that “the compromise is really good, it is balanced and it is a step in the right direction.” She also pointed out that not everyone is able to reach Morskie Oko on their own.

TPN director Szymon Ziobrowski emphasized that there is no national park without the support of the local community.

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– For us, the voice of the local community is extremely important and, as I said, without this support, nature conservation has little chance, so I am very glad that today, within these few hours, we managed to reach a compromise to which all those gathered at the meeting agreed. this room. I am glad that we have initiated a dialogue, said Ziobrowski.

What does the agreement provide?

In addition to the electric bus tests, the compromise stipulates that the burden on horses will be recalculated by a person appointed jointly by the Tatra National Park, social organizations and the local government. An expert in this field will additionally receive an opinion from the State Council for Nature Protection.

TPN is also to temporarily suspend the issuance of further licenses for fiacres. In the next point, the drivers committed to extending the horses' rest to 60 minutes at the upper stop, i.e. at Włosienica.

TPN will also install sensors examining the correlation between temperature and humidity at the starting stop in Polana Palenica and Włosienica. These devices are intended to inform about exceeding parameters that may be dangerous to the health of horses. In addition, the veterinary commission is to set new conditions that are safe for horses to work on the route in connection with the installed sensors.

It was agreed that a fifth person – another veterinarian – would be hired to periodically examine horses. The veterinary commission will examine horses not only before the season, but will also issue recommendations after the summer season. The veterinary commission is also to issue recommendations regarding shoeing of horses.

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In addition, TPN committed to organizing a meeting on the possibilities of recreational use of horses in other places in the park, e.g. in the Kościeliska Valley. This meeting will be scheduled within the next 30 days.

The next point concerns lowering the limit of people in the car. So far, the cart could accommodate 12 adults and two children. Now it will be 10 people. After recalculating the burden on horses, a decision may be made on possible further recommendations in this matter.

The parties declared that the adopted solutions do not exhaust the problem and will be part of further dialogue.

Pro-animal activist of the Viva! Foundation assessed that these are “ad hoc changes that we have been fighting for for years to protect the weakest horses from the most dramatic effects of overwork.”

“Is it a success? Certainly not what we had hoped for. But finally, after many years, some of our demands made in the reports from pre-season horse tests were listened to,” we read in the foundation's statement. However, the activists added that their goal is to eliminate “unethical and anachronistic horse transport.”

Horses on the route to Morskie Oko. How it is?

Horse transport on the route to Morskie Oko is specified in the regulations of the Tatra National Park, which contain strict regulations to ensure the welfare of horses. Animals incl. they undergo detailed research and are carried out periodically before the summer tourist season.

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According to Viva! horses on the course work too hard; activists demand the complete removal of these animals from this trail. The elimination of horse transport to Morskie Oko would mean the withdrawal of over 300 horses at the same time. Viva! Foundation calculates that in the years 2012-2022, 712 horses were withdrawn from work on this route and admitted that over the decade various pro-animal foundations had bought only 17 horses, of which 60 percent was sent to the slaughterhouse.

A horse-drawn electric cart has already been tested on the route, but the prototype's battery did not meet all the requirements and the idea was shelved. However, pro-animal activists reject the idea of ​​​​introducing a hybrid car with electric support. They argue that on the road to Morskie Oko, “toxic and carcinogenic bituminous dust” will be released from under cart wheels and horse hooves. Moreover, according to the foundation, horseshoes excessively damage the asphalt.

Hybrid cars at Morskie Oko28/06 | TVN24

A hybrid horse-drawn carriage that ran on a test route to Morskie OkoTVN24

Viva! Foundation calculated that over five years, horse transport on the road to Morskie Oko led to the transmission of up to 70 tons of toxic bituminous dust with a high content of heavy metals into the park's atmosphere.

– This directly threatens not only the natural environment of the protected area, but also thousands of tourists hiking this trail every day – said Anna Plaszczyk from the Viva! Foundation.

Minister Hennig-Kloska became involved in the issue of horse transport to Morskie Oko after media reports about one of the horses pulling a cart with tourists riding down tripping and falling. It took place on May 3 this year.

Main photo source: Paulina Hennig-Kloska

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