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Full tourists were forbidden to ride on donkeys in Greece

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Deanna Wagner | 13 October, 2018, 21:13

The Greek government has made a decision to legally ban overweight tourists from receiving rides from donkeys.

Town officials in Santorini had already agreed to set work limits for the donkeys, but new rules from the government's Ministry of Rural Development and Food require even more protections.

State donkeys which give rides to tourists will be barred from carrying loads heavier than 220 pounds, which roughly equals one-fifth of their weight.

This decision was taken after statements by the defenders of animals that the donkey is very hard to carry such a burden and for this reason they receive many injuries of the spine.

Donkeys on the Greek island of Santorini, March 27, 2004.

"The donkeys are still forced to carry cement, appliances, and all sorts of heavy weights".

"These donkeys are forced to stand around in the sun in their own faeces at the side of the path and all they do is go up and down, up and down carrying people who are too lazy to just walk or take cable vehicle".

Since its creation over a year ago, the petition has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

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Many countries that allow tourists to ride animals can often cause harm to them.

The Donkey Sanctuary, a British charity that works to prevent cruel treatment toward the animals, launched a campaign called #DonkeyDefender to combat what they said was ill-treatment at the hands of muleteers. "Despite our long-standing efforts, we were dismayed by the conditions we witnessed", the organization's website said.

The group has been working with the Greek government to improve the animals' welfare.

Animal activists on the island said that donkeys were being forced to carry ever-heavier loads while working long hours, seven days a week without shelter, rest and water.

Now lawmakers in Greece have responded by issuing the new guidelines.

The regulations, which do not apply only to the popular holiday island, also prohibit owners from using donkeys that are infirm, pregnant or badly shod, while also compelling them to ensure that their donkeys are well fed and watered.

"Under no circumstances should be used animals unfit for work i.e., ill animal, injured, animals in an advanced pregnancy as well as animals with poor maintenance of hooves", reports the Daily Mail.