Baby Donkeys Rescued From Meat Trade Are Now Ambassadors for Change

by as published on One Green Planet

“Many of our donkeys have been rescued from miserable live animal markets…”

Hamish, Clover, and Darcy were tiny babies, not yet weaned, when they were taken from their mothers and sent to be sold illegally at a market in the United Kingdom. Huddled together for warmth and comfort, the little donkeys were destined for the donkey meat trade – a little known but widespread and lucrative business which operates the world over.

Thankfully, the three young donkeys, thought to be no more than ten weeks old when found, were rescued from the market by UK charity, The Flicka Foundation, which cares for and rehabilitates horses and donkeys at its sanctuary in the South West of England. The three youngsters now act as ambassadors in the organization’s fight against the trade in donkeys as food.

“Many of our donkeys have been rescued from miserable live animal markets here in the UK,” said Judy Giles, Flicka’s Director. “Sick, elderly or abandoned donkeys are bought by dealers in Europe for pennies and traveled to the UK in filthy, cramped lorries. Those that make the horrendous journey enter the UK meat markets, to be sold and cruelly shipped back to the continent for European corporate dinner plates. Thankfully, Hamish, Clover, and Darcy were rescued before it was too late, but so many millions of other donkeys are not so lucky.”

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Britain’s ‘oldest donkey’ celebrates 50th birthday

Source: The UK Telegraph

“With the World’s eyes turned upon the Royal Family it is important to remember that there is other uplifting news coming out of the UK.  Enjoy!” ~ R.T.


Sue Force holds Tessa ‘s 50th birthday cake

Believed to have been born in 1965, Tessa retired to The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon at 20 – around the age a donkey would normally be expected to live to.

She was born in the same year the Voting Rights Act was passed and The Beatles took America by storm.

But much like the world famous Liverpool band, her legacy lives on, because at 50 years of age, Tessa is thought to be Britain’s oldest donkey.

Believed to have been born in 1965, Tessa retired to The Donkey Sanctuary, in Devon, at 20 – around the age a donkey would normally be expected to live to.

But after being donated to the sanctuary in 1985, Tessa’s lifespan has exceeded all expectations, outliving many of her peers and baffling farm workers with her youthful exuberance.

Farm worker and groomer Sue Force, 31, said: “Tessa is an incredibly sweet natured and youthful donkey.

“Whenever the doors are open to the barn, Tessa always has her head out and as soon as she sees anyone, or if there is any movement in the feed room, she is the first to start braying very loudly.

“She loves attention from our grooms and volunteers. When being groomed, she will queue up over and over in the hope that she’ll be done again – just like an excitable kid.

“She also knows all the tricks to get what she wants, her behaviour definitely belies her old years.”

Sue has been caring from Tessa, who celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this year, for donkey’s years as the ass has been growing older gracefully on the sanctuary’s farms for more than a quarter of a century.

For her 50th she received a host of birthday cards, a special carrot and donkey feed cake from her grooms…(CONTINUED)

Operations Suspended at Irish Horse Slaughter Plant

Source:  The WestMeath Independent

While US Politicos Consider Joining Horse Meat Scandal UK Shuts Down Slaughter Plant

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