International Donkey Week launched at Sidmouth

Double-decker bus highlights plight of Indian working donkeys during 29th International Donkey Week at Sidmouth

THE 29th International Donkey Week was launched by Sidmouth International Donkey Sanctuary on Tuesday.

The event attracts more than 300 supporters to Devon for the week, focusing attention on the worldwide plight of donkeys.

An unusual highlight of the week will be a double-decker bus parked there today (Wednesday) to demonstrate the harsh reality for donkeys overseas by comparing an Indian donkey working in a brick kiln carrying the equivalent weight of two double-decker buses in bricks each week.

Communications manager Dawn Vincent said: “Donkeys support some of the poorest people and communities on the planet. They will work until they drop in terrible conditions to carry desperately needed water and transport huge loads to make their owners a living.

“The weight of two double-decker buses is a way of putting their burden into perspective.

“We work hard to support these donkeys as well as the families that could not live without them, through mobile teams providing vet treatments and educational projects all over the world. International Donkey Week is a time to consider the donkey’s plight and how charities like ours can help alleviate their suffering.”

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As well as being informed of the Sanctuary’s latest projects, the 300 plus ‘Donkey Weekers’ will enjoy insightful visits to each of the seven farms in Devon and Dorset from Wednesday, where over 2,200 rescued donkeys and mules are cared for.

International Donkey Week is an opportunity to highlight the tireless work of The Donkey Sanctuary to alleviate the suffering of donkeys around the world and people can help support the cause by donating, visiting and volunteering. Check out for further details.