Donkeys and mules in tourist hotspots are commonly used as taxis, carrying passengers or luggage. We’ve been working on the Greek island of Santorini since 2006 to improve welfare conditions for the 360 donkeys and mules working as tourist taxis.
Andrew Judge, European Operations Manager: “I think one of our main concerns is if we stop doing the type of work that we do here, the outreach programme and the advocacy with the donkeys and also supporting small charities, especially on Santorini, I think if we stop doing that, the welfare of the animals on the island will go backwards. There’s no trained farrier here, there’s one vet who does some work but it will definitely go backwards.
“It’s a big concern for us that if we stop doing this then the mules of Santorini will have no one who is fighting for them.”