Hi all, I know its been a while since the last post, but this move to Ireland has been so time-consuming! Apart from settling in and looking after the animals that came from Spain with us, we have also taken on two donkeys who we are hoping will be able to be part of a donkey education/therapy project next year.
At the moment we are getting them used to interacting with us and the environment around them, as they were quite shy when we got them. The process involves taking them for walks, grooming, walking them in and out of challenging environments, and putting up with the seven cats who like to come with us wherever we go! I have to say they do take exception when the cats get to close and poor Gobbi has been close to stamping hooves a couple of times…but it doesn’t deter him!
The donkeys are not the best helpers though as I discovered when I was trying dig up a new yard area for them!
To be fair both Lee (my Stepdaughter and donkey expert) and me think they will be perfect to go with us to schools and events to promote animal welfare next year.
With winter drawing in and the urgent work list reducing at last, I hope to be able to spend more time working on WTFAW and on this blog!
Will keep you all informed on progress
Please click on link above to find out more about this situation in Italy and what you can do to help.
The economic crisis in Spain means over 5,000 equines go to slaughter each month.
Since the recession started the number of horses and donkeys finding themselves in trouble all over Europe has risen and in Spain values and demand has dropped abruptly. The reaction from many breeders and owners is to sell their animals for slaughter resulting in a glut of animals resulting in terrible welfare consequences .Spain has always exported animals for meat to other European countries but the number must have increased over the last few years.
WTFAW is researching what the effects of this are as how we can help but finding data on export figures and the markets involved is difficult. If any reader has information that can help throw some light on the latest situation please get in contact.
I will post more info on this and a plan of action as soon as we have completed the research.