By John Smith •
Published: 08 Jul 2020 • 10:29
Donkeys are still considered beasts of burden
THE Spanish political party Partido Animalista (PACMA) which exists to support animal rights and the environment has taken the timely step to remind the country of the situation of the Mijas Donkey Taxis.
It observes that the lockdown had mixed blessings for the animals as they were not used to transport tourists around the hilly Mijas Pueblo but at the same time were kept for long periods in what PACMA contend are totally unsuitable conditions where they were crammed into small spaces with little room to move.
The Mijas Donkeys are popular with visitors but don’t have a long tradition of service, being introduced only in the 1960s as farmers were being stopped by the new breed of tourists who wanted to photograph their working animals.
Whilst some action has been taken to ensure that the weight of those riding the donkeys is now limited, many people, not just animal activists, feel that the time has come for the donkeys to be allowed to retire and that this particular enterprise should cease rather than resume this summer.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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