Donkeys

Greece Vows to Tighten Controls on Santorini Donkey Rides

The Greek government has promised to tighten already-existing controls regarding the use of the donkeys for tourist rides on the island of Santorini following international criticism of their inhumane treatment. Greek minister of Agriculture Makis Voridis replied to a letter...

Activists Protest Treatment of Santorini Donkeys Outside Greek Embassies Worldwide

Scores of protesters demonstrated on Thursday outside Greek Consulates and Embassies around the world, asking for an end to what they call '' Santorini’s notoriously inhumane donkey rides.'' The activists, most of whom are members of the organization People for...

Jesus on a Donkey? Use a Scooter, Says Animal Rights Organization PETA

The well-known animal rights’ organization PETA has recently demanded that a Bavarian town in Germany stop using donkeys during a religious and folkloric pageant held every year. The town of Oberammergau in the southern German state of Bavaria organizes an extremely...

An Ode to Santorini's Silent Workers: The Donkeys and Mules that Built Greece's Paradise

By Michael Ermogenis* There is no excuse for animal abuse, exploitation or cruelty. Let’s just state that up front, so there is no confusion about the fundamental principles of belief that we should all support in our societies worldwide. There is,...

Animal Rights Activist Claims Brutal Attack While Filming "Donkey Abuse" in Santorini

A South African animal welfare activist claimed on Wednesday that he was brutally assaulted and threatened with death while filming the alleged abuse of donkeys on the Greek island of Santorini. Luke Barritt, a campaigner for the international charity "Network...

Santorini Authorities Deny Accusations of Animal Mistreatment

Authorities on Greece's Santorini Island clarified in a letter sent exclusively to the Greek Reporter on Wednesday that ''no written application from a foreign organization (PETA) has been submitted to the Municipality of Thera (Santorini) in relation an ad...

Donkey Milk: A Secret from the Antiquity That Became a Prosperous Business

Humans have been using milk from donkeys for cosmetic and alimentary purposes since Egyptian and Greek antiquity. Today, dozens of new businesses in Greece are producing donkey milk for the global markets. Hippocrates, the Greek physician of the age of Pericles...

Donkeys of Santorini Breathe Sigh of Relief After New Regulations Bar Obese Riders

Greece's Ministry of Rural Development and Food has published a new set of regulations regarding the treatment of animals working with humans. The new regulations were drafted on August 2, following multiple complaints about the treatment of donkeys, mules and horses. In...

World Animal Day Reminds of the Serious Issues Greece's Animals Face

October 4th marks the World Animal Day, an international day of action for the rights and welfare of animals that is celebrated all around the world. The day is also the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of...

Santorini: Donkey Owners Physically Attack Animal-Welfare Protesters (video)

Last week, while organizing a protest against the mistreatment of the donkeys on Santorini, the Athens branch of Direct Action Everywhere claims that they were violently confronted by a group of around 30 donkey owners. The claim states that before...