On Friday 4th April at 11.00 am at Blackpool's north pier, officials from a Devon donkey sanctuary will be presenting a new beach donkey Code of Practice to the Mayor of Blackpool.
The Code of Practice has been written by The Donkey Sanctuary and is endorsed by the British Equine Veterinary Association. As Blackpool is home to the largest number of beach donkeys in the UK, the resort has been approached by the charity to accept the first copy.
The Code of Practice is aimed at all local authorities with beach donkeys under their jurisdiction, to standardise levels of care and welfare throughout the UK.
The code includes recommendations such as:
- Donkeys should work no more than six days a week, with one full day of rest.
- Donkeys should have an hour's break when working for long periods.
- A maximum weight limit for riders should not exceed eight stone or 51 kg.
The Sanctuary's head of welfare says: "We already see an excellent standard of care for many beach donkeys in the UK, including Blackpool. The Code of Practice will help to support local authorities to ensure all beach donkeys receive the same levels of care. The other purpose of the code is to provide a resource of advice and support to those working with beach donkeys or setting up new businesses. We are here to help in anyway we can."
The Donkey Sanctuary has been established since 1969 and through years of experience, the charity has gained considerable knowledge of donkeys. It aims to share this information with anyone with an interest in their care and welfare through a variety of services and resources; the Code of Practice being a further extension of its work.