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Tanzania rejects skin trade by closing all donkey slaughterhouses

Tanzania is the latest country to help halt the trade in donkey skins for traditional Chinese medicine by announcing it will close down all of its donkey slaughterhouses from July 2017.

The decision by the country’s government department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, has been welcomed by The Donkey Sanctuary, the international charity currently campaigning for an immediate halt to the trading of donkey skins to produce the traditional Chinese product called ejiao.

 Pen of donkeys at Dodoma market

Easter activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this Easter for lots of family fun, including an eggciting Easter Holiday Hunt and carrot seed planting.

There is plenty of fun and adventure to keep the whole family entertained at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this Easter holiday. Open from 9am every day, the Sanctuary’s holiday activities will begin on 1 April and will run until Easter Monday.

Lucky the donkey

Rescuing Vida in Spain: 24 hours to save a mistreated donkey

This shocking photo was taken in Segorbe (Castellon, Spain) when our Spanish team at El Refugio del Burrito received an anonymous call reporting the terrible physical condition of this animal.

The owner uses the donkey to pull a cart full of scrap from town to town, a relentless task which left the animal dangerously exhausted. On 10 March, after another exhausting day, the donkey collapsed in the streets of Segorbe.

Rescue in Spain for Vida

Equine charities unite for worldwide welfare action

UK equine welfare charities Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare today announce their first formal coalition.

Formed specifically to put policy into practice, the coalition aims to advise, motivate and support the implementation of the first ever global welfare standards for working horses, donkeys and mules. These landmark standards were approved by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2016 following advocacy and technical support from Brooke and World Horse Welfare.

Working mule in Santorini

European Parliament adopts Resolution to transform lives of horses, donkeys and mules across Europe

The Donkey Sanctuary's partnership with Eurogroup for Animals launched an important project to ensure the EU’s 6 million horses and 1.5 million donkeys are covered by species specific legislation. In 2015 the recommendations were published in a ground breaking report titled "Removing the Blinkers". We were delighted to hear from Eurogroup for Animals that MEP Julie Girling's report on Equine welfare has this week been adopted by the European Parliament.

Working tourist taxi donkey at Santorini

Conservation and wildlife volunteer days

The Donkey Sanctuary is welcoming volunteers to its Hedges and Willows Volunteer Day in Sidmouth on Wednesday 22 March from 10am till 4pm.

Each month the Sanctuary runs wildlife and conservation volunteer days, which include outdoor practical tasks such as gardening, woodland management, hedge planting, willow weaving and the building of bug hotels. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, share and learn skills, and have fun.

Conservation and wildlife volunteer day at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day at The Donkey Sanctuary

Treat Mum to a unique day out and enjoy lots of family fun at The Donkey Sanctuary this Mother’s Day.

Let Mum unwind at The Donkey Sanctuary this Mother’s Day with mile upon mile of tranquil coast and country walks, breath-taking views and plenty of donkey cuddles. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the stunning Jurassic Coast, the Sanctuary enjoys some of the best views in the South West and is home to over 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies who can’t wait to meet you!

Celebrate Mother's Day with a cream tea at The Donkey Sanctuary