News – “‘Obese’ tourists from US and UK blamed for crippling donkeys in Greece, activists say”

foxnews.com – The donkeys of Santorini are reportedly not the only stubborn creatures on the Greek isle: Officials say that increasing numbers of overweight tourists are opting to ride, not walk, up the steep hills of the popular cruise ship destination, thus crippling the animals in the process.

A representative for the animal rights group Help the Santorini Donkeys recently told the Mirror that locals have been forced to begin breeding their donkeys with stronger mules to make it easier for them to carry what the Mirror calls “fatter tourists.”

RHODES, GREECE - JUlLY 04: Man is talking on his mobile phone while riding donkeys up to the Acropolis of Lindos on July 04, 2010 in Lindos, Greece. The old town of Lindos is famous for its class listed monuments and the ancient Acropolis, listed at the  Unesco World Heritage. Rhodes is the largest of the Greek Dodecanes Islands. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)

“The holiday season on islands is now a lot longer than it used to be, meaning that the donkeys are pretty much working the whole year round.”  (Getty )

At present, overweight riders are leaving the animals with spinal injuries and open wounds, due in part to ill-fitting saddles, Express reports.

“It’s recommended animals carry no more than 20 percent of their body weight. Obese and overweight tourists, com­­bined with the lack of shade and water, heat and cobbled steps, is what’s causing such a problem,” the spokesperson told the Mirror. “With donkeys it should be no more than eight stone [112 pounds], but how would that be imposed?”


Nah yo this is a Family Guy sketch, holy shit this is funny. We’re so damn fat as a country we’re over here crippling donkeys and shit (stuffs a cheese fry on a double cheeseburger and takes a huge bite while giggling)

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