A Beginner’s Guide to Donkey Trekking

A Beginner’s Guide to Donkey Trekking

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Copain Donkey Trekking in Provence

Following my six-day trek with a donkey in Provence, southern France, this is my handy guide for donkey trekkers, including donkey care, handling, packing, weight limits and what to take… Read more

Donkey Check-Ups!

Donkey Check-Ups!

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Mark Kerr, Donkey Welfare Adviser for The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey Home Visit with Mark Kerr, Donkey Welfare Adviser 

It’s February and there’s a gale blowing. I pass a fallen tree on the way. I’m meeting Mark at a garden centre in Horsham, West Sussex. We’ve managed to pick the day of Storm Doris. We navigate rows of plant pots and brightly coloured flowers and take refuge in the café. Read more

Special Insight: Life as a Donkey Welfare Adviser

Special Insight: Life as a Donkey Welfare Adviser

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Mark Kerr, Donkey Welfare Adviser for The Donkey Sanctuary

Introducing Mark Kerr, Donkey Welfare Adviser for The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary has been a feature of life for donkey lovers in the UK and around the world for nearly fifty years. Since its humble beginnings in 1968, with one donkey called Naughty Face, it has grown into one of the most important animal charities in the world. The first and last word on donkeys. Open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk, they are always there, letting us know that we’re right to love these amazing creatures and do all we can to protect them. Read more

Ejiao: Donkeys are paying the price for China’s rapid progress and lost traditions

Ejiao: Donkeys are paying the price for China’s rapid progress and lost traditions

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Some of the 10,000 donkeys kept for slaughter and breeding at the donkey farm run by the Shandong Donge’E Ejiao (DEEJ) company. Photo: Simon Parry, Daily Mail

While China’s economy continues its dramatic transformation, it seems there is little room for sentimentality. Villages, once the cornerstone of Chinese culture, are being destroyed at a rate of 300 a day and valued traditions and customs are being eroded as progress is pursued at any cost. At the same time, intolerable cruelty is still inflicted on overwhelming numbers of animals in China as a matter of routine and to the dismay of much of the rest of the world. Is it possible to understand the complex web of events that have led to this and can we save the millions of donkeys that are the latest victims?  Read more

Making Donkey Dreams Come True

Making Donkey Dreams Come True

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Cobi and Mark Snelson with their donkeys and Donkey Welfare Adviser

Do you love animals? Are you up for a challenge? Would you enjoy learning amazing things, making a bunch of new friends and having a life-changing adventure? Most of all, do you have a big heart and lots of love to give? A couple of donkeys could be just want you need… Read more