Work 'load': Greece bans 'overweight' tourists from riding donkeys

Published: October 13, 2018
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Move comes amid backlash from animal rights' campaigners over the animal's well-being. PHOTO: DAILY MIRROR

Move comes amid backlash from animal rights' campaigners over the animal's well-being. PHOTO: DAILY MIRROR

Greek authorities have published new rules regarding donkeys’ well-being after receiving multiple complaints following recent media coverage.

It says that donkeys giving tourists rides in Santorini should not carry loads heavier than 100kg or one fifth of their weight.

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It emerged after animal activists on the island claimed with obesity on the rise, donkeys were being made to carry ever-heavier loads for long hours, seven days a week without rest, shelter, and water.

According to animal rights activists, this has left the animal with spinal injuries and open wounds from improper saddles.

“The owners of working equidae should ensure that the animals’ level of health is high. There should also be disinfection materials in their living quarters and workstations,” stated the government’s bulletin.

The article originally appeared in Mail Online

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  • Waqas
    Oct 14, 2018 - 6:05AM

    Meaning American tourists will be banned. Great Recommend

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