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Caring for Donkeys in Ethiopia

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).

Renata in Ethiopia

Donkey skin trade concerns presented to Australian government

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.

Alex Mayers from The Donkey Sanctuary, Chris Hancock from RSPCA Darwin, and Jed Goodfellow from RSPCA Australia

Spicing things up with donkey enrichment

"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.

New protests and export bans as opposition grows to donkey skin trade

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.

n Kenya, peaceful, grassroots protests by donkey owners have been taking place over the past few weeks, with the most recent held in Ongata Rongai, south-west of Nairobi.

New start for Spanish donkey with overgrown feet

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.


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