Don­keys are don­keys

EQUUS - - Letters -

I dis­agree with the let­ter “Don­key Ver­sus Burro” (EQUUS 475), which con­tends that don­keys and bur­ros are dif­fer­ent animals. It is one an­i­mal only, of the fam­ily Equidae.

Don­keys may have var­i­ous back­grounds, mean­ing blood­lines, which means that their bod­ies may be larger or smaller, some may have a black cross over the with­ers while oth­ers do not, one’s hair may be longer or curlier, while another may have short, straight hair. But they’re all still don­keys. It’s just the same as with horses or dogs, which come in all sorts and sizes. But re­gard­less of color, mark­ings or other dif­fer­ences, a horse is still a horse, and a dog is still a dog.

For about 35 years, I was in­volved with, bred, trained and farmed with horses and mules, and I have some ex­pe­ri­ence with don­keys. Rodger Baker London, Ohio

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