Donkey Abandonment Increases in Texas
The extreme drought in Texas is causing people to abandon more and more donkeys several media outlets have reported. Is is the drought though, or the tough economic times? It sounds like a mixture of both, because the drought has driven up the cost of feed.
It also appears it might be the extra labor involved in getting extra water to them. Additionally there could be a negative cultural bias, as described by a donkey charity, “When asked to give a few facts about donkeys in a poll, people used the words ‘stupid,’ ‘stubborn’ and ‘kicks.’ When questioned if any had ever had contact with a donkey, not one could recall ever meeting, touching or even seeing a photograph in a book. With such an ingrained yet undeserved reputation, it is no wonder American donkeys are widely abused and neglected.” (Donkeyrescue.com) Even the President used the ‘jackass’ insult to describe Kanye West’s very rude behavior towards Taylor Swift, but a jackass is nothing more than a male donkey, and donkeys are not stupid. Donkeys are seen by some as being stupid and stubborn, but this view is just an ignorant stereotype. They actually are intelligent and have more acute senses than humans.
At any rate, just since March 500 donkeys have been brought to Peaceful Valley Donkey Ranch. They have a 260-acre facility near San Angelo. Last year according to one source, just 100 donkey abandonments were reported nationally.More donkeys are being abandoned than horses. Some donkeys are left by roadsides. They are descended from the African Wild Ass.
Not all people view donkeys in a negative light. This year a donkey from Iraq was imported into the US to be used in animal therapy. George Washington was one of the first Americans to own donkeys. In the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem.
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