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Donkeys saved from obese tourists
« on: Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 @ 09:37:45 »
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Greece bans obese tourists from riding on donkeys

Greece has banned fat tourists from riding on donkeys after campaigners said the animals were being left with spinal injuries. The move comes after shocking images emerged of donkeys climbing the narrow steps of the Greek island of Santorini holding obese holidaymakers. Lawmakers in Greece have since pledged to do more to help the animals.

The country’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food has published a new set of regulations regarding donkeys’ wellbeing after receiving multiple complaints following media coverage in July. These state donkeys giving tourists rides in Santorini should not carry any loads heavier than 100kg, or one fifth of their weight.
https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/09/greece-bans-obese-tourists-from-riding-on-donkeys-8022143/


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Re: Donkeys saved from obese tourists
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 11 October, 2018 @ 13:31:43 »
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Under the new measures, animal owners are required by law to enforce the weight restriction, microchip all animals, ensure regular veterinary support and rest periods, keep the animals in the shade, provide plenty of water and food as well as proceed with the creation of a list of violating donkey owners so that the necessary penalties be imposed.

In the meantime, authorities have said that inspections will be carried out to ensure the law is being implemented. Violators, according to the law, will face at least one year in prison and a fine of up to 15,000 euros.

Donkeys and mules were used in remote areas of Greece decades ago as the only means of transportation in rugged terrains.
https://news.gtp.gr/2018/10/10/circular-foresees-weight-limits-santorini-donkey-rides