Greek isle sets weight limit for don­key rid­ers

Times Colonist - - Travel -

One is­land in Greece is putting a limit on how much weight their don­keys can carry.

Tourists wish­ing to take a ride on San­torini’s famed don­keys must now weigh less than 100 kilo­grams, or one-fifth of the don­key’s body weight, ac­cord­ing to CNN and Huf­fPost.

Tourists of­ten take don­key rides along the steep and nar­row ter­rain of the pop­u­lar is­land, which has prompted ac­tivists to raise con­cern over the an­i­mals’ well-be­ing.

The an­i­mals “should not be loaded with a weight ex­ces­sive in size, age or phys­i­cal con­di­tion,” the Greek Min­istry of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Food said in a new set of reg­u­la­tions.

The new reg­u­la­tions also ban in­jured an­i­mals from work­ing and call for ad­e­quate food and fresh drink­ing wa­ter.

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