THE Mijas donkey rides have been growing ever more controversial in recent years as people raise animal welfare issues.
Following on from an earlier report by Euro Weekly News about Mijas’s donkeys which informed how the donkeys will be spared from carrying people over 80 kilos as Costa del Sol town brings in new welfare laws, more updates have been posted by Mijas Matters on Facebook in regards to the measures contained in a proposed local law for the Costa del Sol town that regulates the service.
It has been reported that a very positive meeting has taken place between Katy Darlow of the Mijas Donkey Movement Project and Nicolas Cruz, Councillor responsible for the Mijas Donkeys.
Reports indicate that the new ordinances should be approved at Council in January. Dialogue has taken place about the immediate goals and longer term plans for a Sanctuary in Mijas. A shelter for the donkeys is the immediate need, however it will involve a lot of bureaucracy to identify the land dedicated to the sanctuary.
Last week the Welfare Officer for the Donkey Sanctuary did training for staff from the public roads inspectors explaining what they should be looking for. The training included keeping an eye on the weight restrictions and also general health.
The Facebook post was received with many positive comments:
“Fantastic to see even dialogue to help these creatures I wish you a Happy New year and a lot of respect.”
“Well done guys, next time we visit Mijas will have to buy you a coffee!”
“Well done! So glad things are moving forward”