Most tourists visit Bahir Dar for its setting on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile, and because the town makes for a convenient base to explore the monasteries and churches on the lake’s islands and shores. I’ve chosen instead to spend a few days observing the incredible work of The Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia (DSE).
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Campaigners from The Donkey Sanctuary and the RSPCA Australia have been in Darwin in the Northern Territory this week, talking to government officials about the donkey skin trade and an emerging threat to wild donkeys in the country.
Australian donkeys are at risk from the growing global trade that is wiping out populations of working and wild animals, devastating impoverished communities, and causing widespread animal suffering.
"We love our donkeys so much; what can we do to show our love for them? We want to do more."
For a donkey welfare adviser to be asked this from a Donkey Guardian about their rehomed donkeys is the best question of all.
A hug may be your first response - and yes, they do love a hug and a scratch - but donkeys need so much more than being shown a human form of love.
How about enrichment, stimulation and understanding? These are all key parts to fulfilling a donkey’s life.
A zoo in China where a donkey was pushed into a tiger enclosure and mauled to death has erected a statue in its memory.
The 'Unnamed Donkey' monument was installed outside the pit where a donkey was tipped in with the tigers last month by an angry shareholder involved in a dispute with the safari attraction.
Opposition to the donkey skin trade is escalating by the day in Africa, with street protests from donkey owners in Kenya and the Government of Botswana banning the export of donkey products.
The huge demand from China for a traditional medicine called ejiao, made from donkey skins, is resulting in donkey-dependent communities around the world being targeted by skin traders, with a legal trade being supplemented by an illegal trade in stolen and slaughtered donkeys.
When a Good Samaritan in Spain discovered a neglected donkey who could barely walk, there was a team of people ready to spring into action.
The Donkey Sanctuary's Spanish rescue centre, El Refugio del Burrito, were alerted to the plight of the stricken donkey who they now know as Jasmin.
Thought to have been abandoned and roaming for 13 years, Jasmin survived on river water and long grass she found nearby in Cordoba - but the lack of treatment had left Jasmin with grossly overgrown hooves.