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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

Escape the crowds after the Red Arrows and enjoy a meal at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, will provide a tranquil haven in which to enjoy an evening meal after the Red Arrows air show in Sidmouth on Friday 25 August.

Opening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for one evening this summer, The Kitchen will serve great value, freshly prepared food in a relaxing environment, including delicious main meals, great vegetarian and vegan options, and a varied children’s menu. Pre-booking is not required.

Inside the restaurant

Volunteers wanted to build boxes for Devon’s wildlife

The Donkey Sanctuary is welcoming volunteers to its Woodland Box Volunteer Day near Sidmouth on Wednesday 23 August from 10am to 4pm.

Volunteers are needed to help build and put up nest boxes for dormice, bats and woodland birds on Donkey Sanctuary land at Paccombe Farm in Harcombe, near Sidbury, which is home to almost 400 donkeys and surrounded by 93 acres of amazing woodland.

A volunteer checks woodland box

Donkeys left to suffer after owner failed to trim their hooves

A man who failed to trim his donkeys’ overgrown hooves, leading three of them to suffer in pain, has been fined by magistrates.

James Derek Pickford (DOB 30/01/1935), of Lowe Hill, in Leek, Staffordshire, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to three donkeys and failing to meet the needs of seven donkeys following a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre this week.

Staffordshire donkey rescue

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