More and more overweight riders are leaving the animals with spinal injuries and open wounds, reports say.
The donkeys of Santorini are allegedly not the only stubborn creatures on the Greek island: the Officials say that the rising numbers of overweight tourists therefore choose to drive, not walk, the steep hills of the popular destination for cruise ships, thus crippling the animals in the process.
A representative for the animal rights group to Help the Santorini Donkeys recently told the Mirror that the local population have been forced to start with the breeding of their asses with a stronger mules to make it easier for them to wear what the Mirror calls “thicker tourists.”
“The holidays on the islands is now much more than before, which means that the donkeys are pretty much work throughout the year.”
At this time overweight riders are leaving the animals with spinal injuries and open wounds, partly by ill-fitting saddles, Express reports.
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“It is recommended that the feeding of the animals, not more than 20 percent of their body weight. Obesity and overweight tourists, combined with the lack of shade and water, heat and cobblestone steps, is what the cause of such a problem,” the spokesman told the Mirror. “With donkeys, it should not be more than eight stone [112 lbs), but how would that be enforced?”
Unfortunately, there is no designated organisation for the enforcement of the international code of practice for working equines, signed 2008.
More than 1,000 tourists per day to flood in Santorini during the peak holiday season, between May and October, with the donkeys trekking between four and five times to hundreds of cobblestone steps in temperatures up to 86 degrees F, the Express reports. Claim that the number of people with overweight tourists from the united kingdom, the USA and Russia have only continued to increase in recent years, to Help the Santorini Donkeys charity is now calling for a weight restriction for riders.
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More than 1,000 tourists per day to flood in Santorini during the peak holiday season, between May and October.
“The holidays on the islands is now much more than before, which means that the donkeys are pretty much working the whole year through,” Christina Kaloudi, founder of the Santorini Animal Welfare Association, told The Sun.
“If they are not carrying tourists to the steps that they are moving construction materials, or transporting heavy bags of waste. There are a number of good owners who follow the code, but on the whole, donkeys are worked into the ground and then destroyed, when their active life is over,” she added.
“They are made to work under poor conditions, without sufficient water, shelter, rest, and then I find them tied up outside my hiding place, barely alive.”
Although an international code of practice for working equines was signed by Santorini officials in 2008, there is no designated organisation for the enforcement of the policy, the outlet notes.
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