World Donkey Day 2021

World Donkey Day 2021

John and Nedzr, Co Kilkenny, Ireland. Photo: Kim O Meara

8th May is World Donkey Day!

8 Reasons to Celebrate World Donkey Day…

  1. For thousands of years, donkeys have made a huge contribution to trade, transporting goods, materials and people over long distances, drawing water from wells, cultivating vineyards and turning grain and water mills
  2. Donkeys are still relied upon by millions of families in some of the world’s poorest countries, providing essential transport and access to water
  3. Donkeys have helped us in times of crisis, such as wars, rescuing wounded soldiers, and carrying equipment and provisions over rough terrain that vehicles and horses can’t manage
  4. Donkeys are used in many leisure and sport activities, including trekking, racing, riding, driving and showing
  5. Donkeys make excellent therapy animals, due to their calm, sociable and and sensitive nature
  6. Donkeys are intelligent – it’s no use rushing a donkey, they need to think things through and make up their own minds!
  7. Donkeys are full of character – they bring joy and happiness to people of all ages
  8. Global donkey populations are under serious threat from the brutal donkey skin trade. SIGN THE LATEST PETITION HERE.

WORLD DONKEY DAY VIDEO MONTAGE

Copyright 2021 Amy Swift

Off the beaten track: 1920s Eve leads the way with a donkey by her side

Off the beaten track: 1920s Eve leads the way with a donkey by her side

Eve and Hotep, Shap Fell, Cumbria, U.K. Sept 1923

When Gill Brackenbury opened the notebooks left by an English grandmother she hardly knew, she had unwittingly stumbled across something extraordinary.

Eve’s Journey: 1923 is Doris Eve Brackenbury’s diary of her walk from England to Scotland with her pack donkey, Hotep. The author tells us more…

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