Sidmouth The Donkey Sanctuary takes big global step

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 May 2020

Picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

Picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

Picture: The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth’s The Donkey Sanctuary is the first equine charity in the world to be accepted into the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership.

The Devon-based cause will now join forces with international governments, organisations and private sectors to help improve the lives of mountain people and protect mountain environments globally.

This move will help The Donkey Sanctuary’s international work to improve the welfare of working equines in mountain areas, including in Nepal, where donkeys and mules work alongside communities that rely solely on the brick-making industry for their income.

The charity also works with communities manufacturing a traditional spirit, called Mezcal (similar to tequila), where donkeys and mules collect the required cacti and firewood from the steep hills and forests of southern Mexico.

João Rodrigues, the charity’s senior lead for welfare assessment, said: “Having the opportunity to join the Mountain Partnership is absolutely fantastic, as it allows us to create new ways to promote the health and welfare of working equines.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Sidmouth Herald. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Sidmouth Herald