‘It’s revolting.’ In a 30°C temperature, donkeys labour furiously on the beach.
A COUNCIL has been chastised for letting donkeys to work on a beach during a scorching heat wave.
Residents in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, are concerned about the well-being of the seashore donkeys. Fears were heightened when the animals were featured in a BBC broadcast concerning public health during a hot wave.
It doesn’t seem right for them (donkeys) to be working on the warmest day of the year when there is a heat advisory in effect. Something should be done.
Colin Bawden is a British actor.
“It’s disgusting,” Colin Bawden told Bristol Live. I show dogs, but I wouldn’t leave them outside in this weather; instead, I’d keep them inside.
“It doesn’t seem right for them (donkeys) to be working on the warmest day of the year when there is a heat advisory in effect. Something should be done about it.
“I’m not opposed to donkey rides; they’re more enjoyable on a cooler day than on the warmest day of the year.”
Temperatures in the UK have surpassed 30°C this week, prompting the Met Office to issue an amber warning for extreme heat posing a health risk.
Donkeys could be damaged in the heat if their treatment is not adjusted, according to the RSPCA, but a donkey ride operator on the beach in Weston stated the animals were given shade, cold drink, and appropriate rest.
“We’ve maintained the lorry alongside so the donkeys have extra shade, water is topped up often so it’s always cold, and food is replenished whenever it’s needed,” Jacob Fieldhouse explained.
“They may get upset tummies if they get too hot and consume too much, so they may want to lie down. If this occurs, we will leave them alone.”
He stated that the eight donkeys who worked on Tuesday will not be working on Wednesday. The operation has 40 donkeys, he said, and shifts are varied so that the same donkey does not work on consecutive days.
Mr Bawden, who lives in Wiltshire but watched the TV news piece, claimed that when he expressed concerns about the animals with the police and later the RSPCA, “nobody seemed to care.”
Later, he stated that he received a response from North Somerset Council’s Trading Standards department, which stated that it had spoken to operators regarding the welfare precautions in place. These included relocating lorries during the day to provide shade, as well as walking them to a. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”