Greece makes new rules to help mules.
??The island of Santorini has officially banned tourists who weigh??over 220 pounds from riding local donkeys.
??According to Fox News, the move for the ban came after ??Animal rights activists put a spotlight on the problem, in recent months.
??Help the Santorini Donkeys began a petition back in July, ??To have weight restrictions.
??The Express reported overweight tourists were leaving donkeys with??Open wounds and spinal injuries but also in part to ill fitting saddles.
??According to the Express peak tourist season is between May and October, ??During these months, Donkeys journey four or five times up??Cobblestone steps and steep hills per day in 86 degree heat.
??The Greek City Times says the official rule, enforced by ??The Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food states:??“Working equines should not be loaded with excessive weight for their size, age or physical condition.” ??“The load cannot exceed the weight of 220 pounds, or one-fifth of their body weight.”??Other rules introduced will look after the well being of the donkeys such as.
??“Under no circumstances should donkeys be used if they are unfit for work.”??And “The owners of working donkeys should ensure that the animals’ level of health is high.”??