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We participate in the Peropalo carnival (Villanueva de la Vera) to ensure the welfare of its donkey

The Peropalo Carnival centres around a donkey being taken through the narrow village streets, ridden by a drunkard and led through a crowd who also fire shotguns and bang drums next to the animal. The donkey falls and suffers from stress throughout the show, which lasts for about one hour.

Our Animal Welfare team visited Villanueva de la Vera, where this act is held, last February the 9th. This year, the City Council of Villanueva de la Vera has organised a security zone around the donkey, named Celipa. Furthermore, gun shots were limited to the furthest from the animal.

WE RESCUE THE DONKEY THAT WAS USED FOR FIVE YEARS IN THE PEROPALO CARNIVAL

On January the 28th we succeeded in rescuing Felipe, the donkey that was used in the Peropalo Carnival for the last five years. The City Council of Villanueva de la Vera agreed to give us the donkey, thus recognizing that he is no longer healthy and fit to participate in this parade and giving priority to the animal’s welfare. Felipe suffers from laminitis, a disease that affects his hooves, making it difficult for him to walk and causing him pain. However, another donkey will occupy his place in this year’s Carnival.

Felipe Peropalo rescued donkey

WE HELP RAMÓN WITH MULIKI’S CARE

Ramón Amaya lives in the neighbourhood of Llera, Badajoz. His life changed on January the 2nd, when he rescued a mule that was near to death by the wayside. Witnesses said that the mule collapsed in exhaustion, while being pulled by a jeep. She was first dragged on the ground, then beat and finally abandoned.

Ramón decided to take charge of the mule, who was named Muliki. Thanks to one of our Facebook friends, we knew about this story and rapidly contacted Ramón to offer him our support and advice.

Relinquished mule in Álora

Marcelo is a 25 year old mule we have just collected in Álora, a town in the Málaga province. He has spent most of his life working with his owner, who is now too old to give him the care he needs. It was the owner himself who decided to call and relinquish his beloved mule to us, so he could have a wonderful retirement.

At El Refugio del Burrito, thanks to all of you and your invaluable donations he will have a life full of love and care.

Marcelo, at our Refugio

Ibai rescued from deplorable living conditions

Ibai is one of the latest donkeys we have rescued. He is a 5 year old donkey that was living inside a small, ruined building in a marginal neighbourhood in Adra (Almería’s province). He only had 10 square metres of living space and he hardly ever got fed, so he was approaching starvation. Needless to say he did not get any veterinary attention either. The donkey was used by gypsies to pull a cart with ill-fitting harnessing that has made him sore and wounded in several places.

Ibai rescued from deplorable living conditions

Carousels banned in Ronda and Ciempozuelos

We have plenty to celebrate as new towns and cities around Andalucia are responding to our appeal to ban donkey and pony carousels at local celebrations.

Ronda, one of the most touristic cities in Andalucia, is the latest to ban such fairground attractions.

Following our appeal, the council has decided not to allow these attractions where donkeys and/or ponies are forced to work long hours with little rest, food or water. Further inland, Ciempozuelos in Madrid has also decided to join the ban.

Mother and foal at carousel

Sad end for Palomares Mule

Sometimes we are lost for words when trying to express the helplessness we feel following the outcome of some cases, in spite of all the hard work and enthusiasm we put in. Such is the case of a mule we recently tried to rescue in a village near Seville in spite of our prompt response.

These are the details of the case:

Sad end for Palomares Mule

Donkey carousels banned in Spanish town

A Spanish town has banned donkey ‘carousels’ after The Donkey Sanctuary lobbied the authorities against it.

The carousels, where donkeys and ponies are tied by their heads to a fixed turntable and forced to walk round and round in a circle carrying children on ‘rides’, are a feature of many Spanish towns during festivals and fairs.

But these live animal fairground-style rides have been stopped in Algeciras, Gibraltar, southern Spain, thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Spanish branch, El Refugio del Burrito.

Donkey carousel

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