We recently visited the island of Santorini to assess the conditions of these hardworking animals. Despite our long-standing efforts, we were dismayed by the conditions we witnessed.

With the holiday season coming into full swing, exhausted donkeys and mules are spending long days in the scorching sun, carrying tourists or heavy and harmful rubbish loads, with little to no water, food or shade.

With this disappointing evidence, now is the time to increase our efforts to support the needs of these diligent donkeys and mules. The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to bringing about sustainable change. In order to do this, we need your help.

Our first step will be to call an urgent meeting with the Greek government alongside our partners, to discuss the welfare of working equines in Greece, offering them our support and technical expertise to immediately address welfare needs.

Only by working together can we improve the lives of these hard-working donkeys and mules and we are calling on you to take a stand and pledge to become a #DonkeyDefender with us.

  • I pledge my support to the working donkeys and mules on the Greek island of Santorini.
  • I call upon the Government of Greece to meet with The Donkey Sanctuary and their partners to discuss the welfare of all equines on the island and throughout Greece.
  • I’m proud to be a #DonkeyDefender helping to give these hardworking animals the voice they deserve.

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