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At 31-years-old, when the time had come where she was no longer strong enough to work, elderly donkey Anastasia was left to suffer in what must have been unbearable conditions – literally being eaten alive by maggots. But Anastasia proved she still had a tremendous amount of strength in her and pulled through with our help and a kind neighbour.
After 5 years of working in El Rocío, we measured a significant improvement in animal welfare. This is the result of the collaborative work of the NGO with SEPRONA and the City Council of Almonte.The pilgrimage ends in 2018 with 30% fewer interventions for animal welfare.
95% of the animals have good physical conditions and have their basic needs covered. The cases of abuse are very specific, representing less than 5%. This are the lowest figures of the last 5 years, but the work continues. El Rocio 2018 ends with 9 equine deaths, 48 interventions for animal welfare problems and 3 rescued mules.
This week, more than 20,000 equines will participate in El Rocio, the largest pilgrimage in the Western world. The Donkey Sanctuary Spanish base, El Refugio del Burrito (ERB), in collaboration with Spanish authorities will put in place a 24 hour on the ground operation to ensure animal welfare during the event.
The local police conducted a raid in Badajoz, Spain and found 26 famished animals in the hands of a group of Portuguese travellers, known as ciganos, who were engaged in the illegal trafficking of animals, and collection and sale of scrap metal. Police seized the animals, and called upon local animal welfare charities for help – our sanctuary in Spain, El Refugio del Burrito, were quick to respond.
For first time in Spain, the judge has considered a crime for each of the 10 animals that were mistreated and not for the animals as a group, which they would normally do. This has been an unprecedented sentence and has marked a milestone in animal welfare in Spain.
Five years and a half in prison and a 15 year ban on working with animals: this has been the sentence to a man that kept 18 donkeys, mules and horses in inhumane conditions causing, the death of 10 of them.
It is scientifically proven: donkeys need more protection from the winter weather than horses.
A new study from The Donkey Sanctuary shows that donkeys, and to a lesser extent mules, are less able than horses to adapt to colder, wetter climates and therefore require additional protection in the winter to meet their welfare needs.
We continue to fight for improvement in the conditions and welfare of the Mijas donkey taxis. Over the years we have seen an increase in veterinary care the workers provide their donkeys, and a decrease in some issues, such as the number of hoof problems and poor body condition. However, we still have a number of other concerns that we are dealing with.