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Hawaii Donkeys Off to US Mainland in Massive Airlift

Offbeat  (tags: wild donkeys, hawaii, overpopulation, relocated, usa, adoptions )

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More than 100 donkeys from Hawaii's Big Island have winged their way to the US mainland in a major adoption programme to tackle overpopulation.

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Constance F (418)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 10:42 pm
Great story. I had no idea about this in Hawaii. And I am pleased that a cattle rancher (of all people) extended himself to initially rescue them. What a strange dichotomy though.

Sue H (7)
Saturday September 17, 2011, 10:43 pm
I'm hoping that they at least tried birth control??????

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 12:51 am
That's all very well and good. Applause.

What about our own wild horses?

Where did I get the idea that charity begins at home?

Carol H (229)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 8:04 am
noted, thanks

Sue M (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 9:31 am

Jerry B (128)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 10:35 am
Noted I think that is great, animals have to be taken care of..thanks Simone!

. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 10:52 am
This is so nice to read on a Sunday morning Simone. . .thank you so much for bringing it here for us to all enjoy. . .
Noted. . .

. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 11:23 am
Glad to read Hawaii did the right thing by these animals.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 1:01 pm
Why weren't the donkeys gelded years ago? I love donkeys very much but I know overpopulation didn't happen overnight.

Karen E. (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 1:02 pm
Excuse me ZEE, but Hawaii IS part of the US. They are "our" donkeys as much as the wild horses are.

Robert G (3)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 1:17 pm
Noted and thanks.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:14 pm
Donkeys are best employed as herd defence and control animals mingled with their more docile quadruped 'kin' like sheep and cattle. A donkey will stand off a few wolves, much as a couple of herding dogs will establish prior claim to the herd. They are of course not native to Hawaii, but neither are cattle, pigs, or sheep. Moving them vice killing them to help Hawaii restore its ecological balance is a good move.

michelle t (41)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 2:38 pm
Great news.These donkeys and the wild horses need all the help and more that they can get.Thanks Simone

MmAway M (507)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 5:24 pm
#!# we can get it done for the Donkeys and not for the Mustangs...After reading the news, I want to hurl...Though I do "like" donkeys", I am so SAD that the USA keeps killing our Mustangs and wild horses...

Sorry, Simone had to rant and thank you for the news....

Hiedi T (0)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:22 pm
How can we thank the cattle rancher? He did not need to do this, but did it without expecting compensation. Is there a way to let him know how we feel?

janet f (29)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 6:34 pm
Can someone please explain to me how in the US in Hawaii donkeys are humanely rounded up, sterilized, shipped to the mainland and sent to sanctuaries to find homes while in the mid-west horses and donkeys are rounded up in the most terrifying way for the animals, kept in small spaces where numerous animals have died and have been generally treated like this country's garbage. Why is there such a difference between the way these animals are treated?

Carole R (200)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 10:50 pm
Glad they are saviung the donkeys and wish they'd do the same for the wild horses.

Ralph F (67)
Sunday September 18, 2011, 11:51 pm
Just what America needs -- more asses.

Robert O (12)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:19 am
Thanks Simone.

Jen Debeer (2)
Monday September 19, 2011, 12:34 am
Good news thanks.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 2:18 am
Good news. Isn't it great to see an alternative solution used instead of just trying to kill the problem animals. I've so many stories here about killing being the only option. It's nice to read about something different.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday September 19, 2011, 3:40 am
I had never heard of that in Hawai. I'm glad the donkeys are safe.

Ruth C (87)
Monday September 19, 2011, 5:16 am
I'm happy that there are kind people out there that really care about other beings!

Rose K. (0)
Monday September 19, 2011, 6:45 am
thanks for an interesting story

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 10:43 am
Very good. Thanks for posting.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:55 am
Glad they are saving the donkeys but yet Texas is shooting their donkeys. We need a way to control the population.
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