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New study shows donkeys need more protection from the winter weather than horses

A new study from The Donkey Sanctuary shows that donkeys, and to a lesser extent mules, are less able than horses to adapt to colder, wetter climates and therefore require additional protection in the winter to meet their welfare needs.

Since 2015 The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in collaboration with Dr Britta Osthaus, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Leanne Proops, Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, both specialists in animal behaviour and cognition.

Donkeys in their shelter

The Donkey Sanctuary and Ghana SPCA urge government to enforce ban on slaughter and export of donkey skins

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw worldwide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies, is in Ghana with Ghana SPCA to urge law enforcement bodies to immediately enforce the ban on the slaughter and export of donkey skins that was passed at the beginning of the year.

Alex Mayers of The Donkey Sanctaury

The Donkey Sanctuary and The University of Milan launch new guidelines for dairy donkeys

The Donkey Sanctuary and The University of Milan has today (Thursday 26 October) present new Guidelines for Dairy Donkeys: good animal management practices for donkey milk production to the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Donkeys in the milk industry

The right call at the right time

You may have read the sad news about our gorgeous, feisty little donkey, Gareth, recently. You may even recall when we had to let you know that our fabulously handsome gentleman donkey, Teddy, had been put to sleep.

The response to the news in both cases has been extraordinary and shows how much you all care for the donkeys that you know (and, to know is to love) and may have been to visit.

Teddy - a donkey who is very much missed

Court hands ban to neglectful donkey owner

A man who failed to trim his donkeys’ overgrown hooves has been disqualified from keeping equines for five years, after handing over his animals to The Donkey Sanctuary.

Raymond Grigg (date of birth: 06/06/1948) of Longdogs Lane, Ottery St Mary, Devon, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to three donkeys and failing to meet the needs of five donkeys when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Monday (16 October 2017) following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

Overgrown hooves


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