Police to take action against zookeeper after threat to Animal Welfare Commissioner

Following the complaint filed by independent candidate Prof. Arnold Cassola to the cybercrime police over “threatening and bullying” of the new Animal Welfare commissioner, Prof. Cassola announced that the Police informed him that the cyber crime unit have secured the video posted on facebook by Anton Cutajar, in which he threatens Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina.

In a statement, Prof. Cassola said that the Police informed him that the necessary action will be taken to ensure that Cutajar will not persist in his threats and bullying attitude.

During the past days, Anton Cutajar, a zookeeper attacked, on social media the newly-appointed animal welfare commissioner Alison Bezzina claiming he will oust her from her political post if she makes a move against his zoo. The video uploaded by Cutajar has now been deleted.

In a live Facebook stream on Tuesday, Cutajar warned Bezzina that if she “keeps it up” he will send letters to whom he needs to send them and have her removed from her post.

The newly appointed commissioner stated that zoos were not “ideal”, stressing that her position remained the same, animals do not belong in cages. She noted that the number of zoos in Malta had increased and the situation requires that such zoos are properly regularized to lessen the repercussions on the animals.

Bezzina made her comments after a public consultation on proposed new rules for zoos closed on Monday.

Cutajar, owns Arka ta’ Noe which was illegally built and later sanctioned by the Planning Authority.

Cutajar’s reaction to the Commissioner’s comments was condemned by many, including by the leader of the Opposition Bernard Grech, by ADPD, Prof. Arnold Cassola and civil society.