Here in my small donkey family in the Costa Blanca, four animals – two jennets and their now grown up foals, one jack and one jennet – live a quiet and secure life in a small field. My vet says they are the best kept donkeys in Spain. A few days ago (while I was at work) my neighbour heard some English tourists passing by and remarking that these were “surprisingly well-kept donkeys” for Spain…
Yes. We know the difference. Just one kilometre up the road from my four pampered, glossy coated, affectionate donks, there is a wild-eyed traumatised donkey living in a cage of old bedsteads and bits of corrugated iron. He brays and jumps about wildly when I stop to say hello, because my visits are the only conversation he ever gets (with a few carrots to show friendship). I reported this when his roof fell in, and the Policia Local forced the owner to repair the cage; but beyond that, they do not see his confinement as animal abuse. Here in Spain the standards are different. They should not be.
The Donkey Sanctuary today reports the latest findings in its observations of donkey treatment in Mijas, a long way south from here, but still the same problems of abuse in this country that has a bad history of mistreating donkeys. Please take a look at the Donkey Sanctuary news of their observations here. The way these animals are treated is a total disgrace. No British tourists should give their support to these abusers of animals, and the Mijas council should close the whole trade immediately. There are Spanish animal welfare groups but they are more focused on other problems (e.g. bullfighting and hunting dogs). They need to see what is happening and stop donkey abuse. I will be raising the matter again locally.
If you read Mary’s comment below, it relates to a blogpost on my previous blog, here: https://brotherlapin.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/animal-abuse-alert/