Being the world’s ‘voice of the donkey’ has its challenges, but we will never stop working to improve welfare conditions for these beautiful animals whenever and wherever suffering and neglect are inflicted.
More than 20,000 people signed our Take S.T.E.P.S. petition to improve the poor working conditions for donkeys and mules in Santorini, Greece. In December Andrew Judge, our Head of Operations for Continental Europe, together with a representative from Animal Action Greece, met with the Ministry of Tourism in Athens to hand over the petition.
The petition was accepted, and it was agreed that the Ministry of Tourism would write an official letter to the Ministry of Agriculture to put pressure on them to regulate the welfare conditions of the working equines. The letter would also be sent to the Mayor of Santorini and the Santorini Donkey Taxi Association. We hope to meet with the Mayor to discuss the steps to be taken to improve care and welfare of the donkeys and mules.
We will continue our Take S.T.E.P.S. campaign throughout 2015, and are collaborating closely with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and a large number of tour and cruise ship operators, including Cruise Lines International Association.
Some are now even briefing tourists before they disembark from the cruise ships, and providing information on their Apps and literature. We will build on this in the coming year as the campaign gathers momentum and support.