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Donkeys Help In Ireland?

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!JB helloclean up 2clean up 3cleanup3

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


Badger Cull Works in Ireland?

Here is an interesting article about the culling of badgers in Southern Ireland.

I am still of the opinion that culling has little to do with the decline in the number of cases of bovine TB. In Ireland a whole raft of other measures were introduced at the same time, such as a much more draconian movement of livestock regime.

The Irish government has stated that their preferred control method would be to vaccinate. but at the moment it is not cost-effective.

Perhaps all the large animal welfare charities and government should, instead of fighting each other, work together to raise enough funds to vaccinate.

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