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On Tuesday 9th March, renowned experts from The Donkey Sanctuary will be hosting a free donkey care course for experienced, new and prospective donkey owners at the Cabin Equestrian Centre in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
With Chinese New Year coming up on Sunday 14th February 2010, the Overseas team at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be continuing their work towards improving donkey welfare in China.
With over 7 million donkeys, China is home to the greatest number of donkeys in the world where they are traditionally kept for traction, ploughing and other agricultural work. China’s long tradition of keeping donkeys has given rise to innovations such as donkey harness systems that are used throughout the world.
El Refugio del Burrito, a Spanish subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, is campaigning through a petition to put a stop to a brutal fiesta that takes place every Shrove Tuesday in the Spanish village of Villanueva de la Vera which sees a helpless donkey being dragged through crowded streets in the name of tradition.
Each year, villagers and visitors from the surrounding area of Villanueva de la Vera celebrate the carnival of Peropalo during which a donkey is ridden through the village by a drunken rider and is subjected to degrading and cruel treatment.
From Monday 1st February 2010 two donkeys rescued from terrible conditions in July 2009 by The Donkey Sanctuary can be viewed by visitors to the charity’s main site near Sidmouth in Devon.
The headquarters of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is not only home to over 400 donkeys but also houses an Overseas Department who work hard to improve the welfare of donkeys in the many different situations facing them and their owners throughout the world. A mobile unit working in Mexico recently met two working animals who contribute to their owners’ lives in very different ways.
The Donkey Sanctuary will be joining in the fun of National Storytelling Week from 1st-5th February with a number of exciting activity sessions in the company of the donkeys.