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Summer Raffle 2017 results

We are delighted to announce the winning ticket numbers for our Summer 2017 Raffle, which were drawn on Monday 11 September 2017.

1st prize winner (£5,000)
Winning ticket no: 4187934 - Mr Burrett, Hayes

2nd prize winner (£1,000 or Luxury Break at Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth)
Winning ticket no: 2011487 - Mrs James, Wolverhampton

Drawing the winning ticket

Crisis talks on Namibia’s donkey population

New research released this week by The Donkey Sanctuary reveals that the trade in donkey skins for use in traditional Chinese remedies is placing Namibia’s working donkey populations at great risk.

A coalition of concerned groups are meeting in Windhoek to consider how best to raise awareness about the issue and to protect Namibia’s working donkeys from the trade. The SPCA Windhoek and NSPCA will be joined by The Donkey Sanctuary, which is spearheading international efforts to halt the trade.

Photograph of donkeys being rounded up and herded in Brandberg, Namibia.  Copyright © Knotig. All rights reserved.

Volunteers needed to help clear invasive plants along the River Axe

The Donkey Sanctuary is seeking volunteers for its Himalayan Balsam Clearance Volunteer Day in Dorset on Wednesday 6 September from 10am to 4pm.

Volunteers are wanted to help clear Himalayan balsam plants along the bank of the River Axe on Donkey Sanctuary land at East Axnoller Farm near Beaminster in Dorset. Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant which spreads quickly and causes serious damage to UK river and stream habitats.

Himalayan Balsam plants

Uganda becomes latest African nation to ban donkey skin trade

Uganda has become the latest country to protect its working donkey population by banning the trade in donkey skins in a strongly-worded statement. The move has been applauded by The Donkey Sanctuary which has been leading efforts to halt the trade.

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 extensive illegal trade in stolen and slaughtered donkeys.

One of the thousands of donkeys kept for slaughter in China


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