On the Greek island of Santorini, donkeys and mules are forced to transport tourists up and down more than 500 steps – multiple times per day, every single day of the week.
Handlers deny these gentle animals water and shade, despite the blistering heat in summer, and beat them with sticks and whips when they’re so exhausted that they stop moving.
According to veterinary recommendations, donkeys shouldn’t carry any load that weighs more than 20 per cent of their own body weight, which equates to approximately 50 kilograms. But profit-driven owners often allow heavier riders, placing a great strain on the animals’ backs and joints.
These donkeys and mules are suffering immensely. Some have deep, untreated wounds teeming with flies. When they become too weak to carry on with their “work”, they’re often abandoned to die.
Mark, this is exploitation. No animal should be subjected to abuse for the sake of sight-seeing.
As people start booking their summer holidays, let’s make sure animal suffering isn’t on the agenda.
Please click below to call on the Greek Minister of Tourism and the Mayor of Santorini to end cruel donkey rides on the island:
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