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Would you like to know how to help our donkey friends? Donkeys are lovely. But because they are very strong and very tolerant, alas that means they often suffer a lot of abuse. Here are a few ways to help.
- Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary rescues abused donkeys from abroad, who get to live out the rest of their lives in peace. You can go visit or support by buying one of their reusable totes to help keep funds high.
- Nationwide, The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the better ‘big charities’, spending over 80% on projects, rathe than the usual 50%/60%. It has a list of poisonous plants and trees.
- If you are the creative type, knit or crochet harnesses to help prevent donkey nose sores. Send a copy of Sharing the Load (a welfare manual for working animals) to an animal shelter abroad.
- If you are going on holiday, modern ethics would suggest that it’s not good for people to ride donkeys. If you decide to do this, don’t let overweight people (and that includes children) ride, as it could cause discomfort or pain. Never have donkey rides abroad, as often the donkeys are not looked after properly.
Moving on from Donkey Rides
Donkeys worldwide suffer terribly, due to the fact that they are both very strong and very mild (although they have strong minds). So they are often worked to death, with little food and water. Here, donkeys do have welfare checks for beach rides. But with increasingly heavy children, the bans are getting more stringent. And many modern parents are simply choosing to visit a donkey sanctuary instead, and give their children natural exercise with a walk on the beach.
The Donkey Sanctuary oversees this, and ensure one day off ‘work’ each week and yearly vet checks. But they says that standards are not always adhered to. Watch their documentary ‘In Their Hooves’ to see what it’s like to be a working donkey.