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May 29, 2020 - Parikiaki

GREECE: Authors join call for end to cruel donkey rides in Santorini

GREECE: Authors join call for end to cruel donkey rides in Santorini
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A coalition of authors from across the UK and Europe has signed a letter from PETA and its international affiliates asking Greek Minister of Agriculture Makis Voridis to put an end to cruel donkey "taxi" rides in Santorini.

The authors include Neil Griffiths, UK-based author of Damson the Donkey; Rindert Kromhout, the Dutch author of the Little Donkey series; and Katia Simon, the German author of books about a donkey named Elias. The letter points out that donkeys and mules in Santorini are beaten by their owners, abused by inexperienced riders, denied adequate food and water, and forced to labour from early in the morning until late in the evening.

"We cannot believe that your country allows such public animal abuse, despite international protests and media reports," writes PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. "It’s time to create new laws that will finally ban animal rides for tourism purposes. This is the only way in which donkeys and mules will be adequately protected."

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