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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