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In many societies
donkeys are regarded as low status animals and can be bought very
inexpensively. Because of this, they are usually very mistreated.
In a lot of countries they are used as working animals. Often they are
forced to do more work than their small bodies can handle. And because
they can be bought so inexpensively, they are very poorly taken care of.
Because a new donkey is often cheaper than veterinary care, sick or
injured donkeys are often tied to posts without food or water and left to
die. It is also a very common for stray donkeys to get severely abused
just for fun.
Meat Market in China
Donkeys are also among the animals who are severely
abused at live animal markets in China.
"Close by, truck after truck
piled high with white goats begin arriving at the market, while donkeys
are being dragged out of sheds and loaded into cages, trucked off to be
slaughtered elsewhere. Frightened and exhausted, several have no
strength to rise to their feet and the traders kick them in the stomachs
and beat their backs with metal poles until they can stand the agony no
more and rise on shaking legs. Even then, the abuse continues and the
traders continue beating them and grabbing their tails, painfully
twisting them into knots, and forcing the donkeys to climb up the metal
ramps into the cages."
-- Jill Robinson from the
Some restaurants in
China offer fresh donkey meat where pieces of a donkey are sliced off
for the diners, while the donkey is still alive. Diners are able to hear
the donkey's cries of agony in the background.
In countries like Spain and Greece, donkeys are used as "Donkey
Taxis". The majority of Donkey Taxi operators only care about the
profit and don't take good care of the animals at all. During the day they
are exposed to very high temperatures with little or no shelter, food or
water and are made to carry people that are too heavy for their bodies. At
night, they usually get their feet tied together to prevent them from
Donkeys as Pets
In other countries donkeys are sometimes kept as pets. They are
however often very poorly taken care of. It is not uncommon to find
donkeys left to fend for themselves in backyards. Pet donkeys are
frequently found with deformed and crippled feet, emaciated bodies from
parasite infestation, dental problems or lack of food. Other pet donkeys
are overfed and suffer from severe obesity.
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