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Christmas raffle 2017 results

We are delighted to announce the winning ticket numbers for our Christmas 2017 Raffle, which was drawn by Dawn Vincent, head of communications, on Thursday 14th December 2017.

1st prize winner (£5,000)
Winning ticket no:
6187033 – Mrs Chapman, Worthing

2nd prize winner (£1,000)
Winning ticket no:
4302446 – Ms Derbyshire, Poulton-le-Fylde

Dawn Vincent drawing the winning tickets

Charity welcomes Government's animal welfare bill

The Donkey Sanctuary has welcomed the news that the Government is publishing a new animal welfare bill to increase sentences for animal cruelty and recognise animal sentience in domestic law.

Mike Baker, chief executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, says: “The announcement is a significant step forward in animal welfare standards and we very much welcome it. The Donkey Sanctuary has said all along that we have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate way and that leaving the EU must not lead to any watering down of existing standards on animal welfare.”

Smiling donkey at The Donkey Sanctuary

Cautious welcome to government u-turn on animal welfare clause

The Donkey Sanctuary has given a cautious welcome to a sudden change of heart by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) following the vote by MPs to reject the inclusion of animal sentience into the EU Withdrawal Bill last week.

Mike Baker, chief executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, says: “The Donkey Sanctuary was disappointed and concerned that the clause was rejected. This defeat could have meant that current animal welfare standards would not have been enshrined in UK law post-Brexit.”

Donkeys are sentient animals

Donkeys and lions take centre stage in new children’s operas

The Donkey Sanctuary has joined forces with the Born Free Foundation, LionAid and Olsen Verlag publishers in supporting #lionopera, by the leading young British composer, James Olsen. #lionopera is an ambitious new cycle of children’s operas, providing an opportunity for primary schools to take part in the first performances of ‘One of Our Lions is Missing!’ by staging their own production, free of charge in the summer of 2018.

Lion Opera group. All rights reserved Kicki Frisch.

Help a donkey through the winter weather

The nights are rolling in, the temperature gauge is dropping and we’re all beginning to wrap up warm for winter.

But for the farm staff at The Donkey Sanctuary, just as much care is taken in ensuring the donkeys are all set for the colder weather.

By adopting a donkey for someone you love this Christmas, you could be helping to make sure that the donkeys who have been rescued or relinquished into our care are well looked after when the cold snap comes.

Adoption donkey Pooh with a rug


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