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From Hospitals to Donkeys: Austerity Cuts Hit Greece Hard

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The Wall Street Journal quotes Barbara Doulyeraki who runs Agia Marina Donkey Rescue in Crete and says that she is contacted two or tree times a week by villagers unable to care for donkeys. Some older ones are simply “left on roadsides to starve or are sold to roving meat vendors”:

“It’s quite a tragic situation,” said Ms. Doulyeraki. “These donkeys have worked for 25 or 30 years, really hard.”

The Donkey Sanctuary, based in England’s southwest region of Devon, funds a Greek rescue facility that costs 45,000 a year, or about $60,000.

Another U.K.-based charity, Greek Animal Rescue, raises about 150,000 per year, with a portion earmarked for a donkey sanctuary on the island of Kos.

One donkey, Aliki, renamed Alice by her new British caretakers, went to work this past holiday season carrying Mary in a Nativity play.

The Wall Street Journal says that “a spokeswoman at Greece’s agricultural ministry said the government had no information on the matter.”


Photo of a donkey in Crete by mueritz

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2:59AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

thank you for sharing

10:04PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Oh no those poor donkeys! It's so good to hear that there's some organisation to take care of them, please continue the good work!

9:29AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:43PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

It's a very sorry state.

8:47AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

"Why help animals rather than men demand" Jason ? because the animals are worth it! the animals were born innocent and remain so throughout their lives, which is not the case for men who kill, rape, steal, lie, are arrogant, lazy, envious.

12:26AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Thanks for the article!

9:55PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Every living animal has a right to life, & if its better quality great.

12:59AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Wow, really? The donkeys are going to get $60,000/year spent on them, but to hell with the people who are starving to death and can't get medicine? Seriously, I love animals as much as the next person, and quite possibly more than a lot of people, but there comes a time when we have to save our own. That same $60,000 could feed and clothe a LOT of Greeks who don't know where their next meal is coming from and don't have appropriate attire. It is a sad, sad day when donkeys are the recipients of far more love, compassion, and assistance than humans in the same predicament are.

I'm beginning to worry that human compassion for other humans is relegated to the history books...

12:31PM PST on Jan 1, 2012


3:59AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Thanks for posting.

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