In December 2014, Platero, a donkey of only four months, died in Lucena during a Bethlehem display. In front of several witnesses, the man kicked the donkey. This allegedly caused the death of the animal, a few days later, due to injuries of the spine and internal organs.
With the aim of preventing repetitions of what happened during Christmas 2014, El Refugio del Burrito recently demanded a ban from the City Council of Lucena on the presence of any animal in the living Bethlehem. Our petition was supported by over 17.000 people and donkeys were removed from this year’s display. However, the show still went ahead with other animals. This practice puts animals at risk and implies that the use and exploitation of animals for entertainment purposes is justified.
We have also filed a complaint against the man that allegedly caused the death of young Platero and another complaint against the City Council for alleged ommission of care. The first complaint was initially filed, but we managed to re-open it. According to the reform of the Criminal Code of July 1 2015, animal mistreatment is an offence that can be punished with 18 months of prison and disqualification from working with animals.
Help make a difference
To help us cover the costs of this court case, you can make a donation through Paypal/credit card or through bank transfer to the account of El Refugio del Burrito (Banco Unicaja-kindly indicate 'Platero Trial' in the concept):
- IBAN: ES95 2103 2024 5700 30001451
- Swift BIC: UCJAES2M
If you prefer, please make an online donation.