Thursday, March 17, 2016

17th March, 2016 Strictly Donkeys

They say have a little Red in your picture, but here is a lady who has spent her life being mainly Blue. Whatever you think of her politics, Anne Widdecombe is forthright and funny.  Today we went to hear her speak at the Guildhall in Salisbury in her role as Patron of the charity Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land.

Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land was set up in 2000 to help some of the thousands of donkeys facing overwork and cruelty in Israel and the Palestinian Territories every day. Sixteen years later, the sanctuary near the Israeli town of Netanya is providing life-long care to around 220 unwanted and abused donkeys of all ages but the charity’s work does not stop at the sanctuary gates.

There are free veterinary clinics for around 600 working donkeys, mules and horses every month on both sides of the Palestinian border offer wound treatment, hoof trimming, vaccinations and much more. Through education and support, their aim is also to improve the lives of the owners who themselves suffer terrible poverty and rely entirely on their animal to earn a basic living.

In this their 16th anniversary year, they desperately need help to continue looking after the donkeys at the sanctuary and to provide vital veterinary care to working equines across Israel and the Palestinian Territories.