8 /10 Spinal Injuries

One of the significant reasons that triggered the campaign was the discovery of open wounds and spinal injuries in the donkeys.

Animal rights campaigners presented the evidence to the government to support their case.

When the initiative was finally approved, images of visitors riding donkeys on their way to the top of Santorini had already reached a global audience.

Although there was a concern it might lead to a decline in the tourism industry, donkeys’ welfare was ultimately prioritized. The Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food has published a set of regulations regarding the issue.

7 /10 Less Than 100kg

A significant move was the regulation about the maximum load that a donkey can carry on a trip. According to the law, a donkey must not carry a tourist weighing more than 100kg or one-fifth of its weight.

The rule is based on a finding that donkeys were forced to take heavy loads while working nearly non-stop without adequate water and rest.

Many of them had to work all day long for seven days a week. In addition to the massive cargo, ill-fitting saddles also put the animals at risk of open wounds.


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