International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is sadly not shocked to learn that donkey meat might also be involved in the current horsemeat scandal affecting the European food industry.
Donkeys continue to make a huge contribution to human communities around the world especially where people have few resources but what happens to these donkeys when they are no longer useful? These latest revelations, which are shocking, remind us that donkeys are traded, slaughtered and consumed in many countries. However, the trade and slaughter of this ‘forgotten’ equine is inadequately monitored so they often suffer terribly in the process. While some donkeys enter the human food-chain legally, for example in the production of salami products in Italy, it is not easy to track what happens to them all.
On many occasions through its projects in Romania, Italy and in other parts of the world, The Donkey Sanctuary has witnessed the distress and neglect donkeys suffer at breeding centres, on farms, in markets, during transportation, and at slaughter.
The Donkey Sanctuary continues to lobby for improved welfare for donkeys and mules worldwide in whatever situation, and will continue to campaign, raise awareness and take action where possible, wherever there are donkeys suffering.