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Four foal friends' brighter future

Four adorable but unwanted donkey foals have landed on their hooves in their new home at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

Due to a sudden change in circumstances these fluffy friends’ future looked uncertain.

Fortunately, the owner contacted us and now they will be safe and secure for the rest of their lives.

Tests and checks

Happiness, Geoffrey, Nincompoop and Bill arrived last week (February 7) and will remain in an isolated part of the sanctuary as they undergo tests and treatments to prepare them for life on the farm.

Foal friends

Charity disappointed by 'backwards step' for donkeys

The Donkey Sanctuary has expressed disappointment at the news that China is reducing the import tax on donkey skins for use in traditional medicine.

Alex Mayers, head of programmes at The Donkey Sanctuary, says: “We are disappointed that the Chinese government has chosen to reduce the import tax on donkey skins. As the largest equine welfare charity in the world The Donkey Sanctuary continues to call for a halt to the trade in donkey skins.

Donkeys waiting to be slaughtered

Refuge for Faith, Hope and Charity this Christmas

Three female donkeys neglected and abandoned in North Belfast have been taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland.

The donkeys were originally brought to the attention of the charity by a concerned individual who was alarmed at the length and distortion of the donkeys’ hooves and the apparent lack of an owner as there was no sign of care and management being shown to the animals.

One of the donkeys' hooves were so grossly long that she could barely stand, lying on the cold earth in too much discomfort to move.

Donkey ‘therapy’ offers support to young cancer patients

A pair of young cancer survivors gained support with their emotional growth from an unlikely source – donkeys.

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast knows that the calming presence of the donkeys can help vulnerable people develop their life skills, emotional growth and personal awareness.

The Donkey Sanctuary has joined forces with CLIC Sargent to see if the treatment – called Donkey-Assisted Therapy - could have a positive impact on young adult patients looking to process their experiences.

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.

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