Much has been stirring in the donkey world since I last wrote to you and the most concerning welfare issue of all time has emerged: millions of donkeys are now being sought after for their skins to make a traditional Chinese medicine called ejiao.
It’s unpleasant even writing this down, but I know my Granny, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, would have wanted to broach the subject with you, even if only to tell you that we know about it and we’re doing something about it.
On a brighter note, I start the newsletter sharing stories of the lucky donkeys we’ve been able to rescue thanks to your support, and there’s also a delightful article about the family of donkeys we have in our care spanning three generations. If you’re coming to Donkey Week in May this year, you will be able to meet most of these donkeys!
I am always reminded of Granny the most during this special week as so many of you attend and share your fond memories of her and I get to tell the story of how she started The Donkey Sanctuary nearly 50 years ago. Her story is incredible, whether I’m biased or not, and I touch on how the legacy she received in the 1970s has a lot to do with the charity. The newsletter is packed with news of our international projects, demonstrating how important it is for us to reach more donkeys and get their welfare problems on the agenda. Donkeys come first, second and third to us all.
Thank you for making all this possible through your generosity and kindness.
Head of Communications
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