Donkeys are in crisis all around the world – they are being abused, stolen, traded and slaughtered for their skins.
To make this dreadful situation even worse, often donkey owners don’t see them as creatures who can feel pain and suffer – to them, they are just tools. In Bela-Bela, South Africa, donkeys support the livelihoods of many people in this dirt-poor community. The people rely on donkeys for transporting goods such as water and firewood. But instead of treating their donkeys with respect and love, they are routinely abused.
In Bela-Bela, donkeys have boiling water and hot oil thrown on them, or they’re hacked and stabbed with knives and machetes.
Horrifyingly, donkey merchants deliberately hurt donkeys to sabotage their competition. When an opposing business is seen to be making money, gangs are dispatched to viciously attack donkeys, causing terrible wounds and sometimes painful, gruesome death.
It’s only through constant vigilance – ours (made possible by your support), and that of our partners on the ground – that we’re able to monitor, intervene and stop abuse as it happens. We employ a full-time cruelty investigator to patrol the area, and our work there is desperately needed.
Mafuza was discovered by our animal cruelty inspector while conducting a regular patrol. The poor donkey was found wandering the hot, dusty streets alone with a severe neck wound. From the extreme maggot infestation of the tissue, it was clear the wound was already a few days old. According to a witness, helpless little Mafuza was violently attacked by a man who slashed the baby donkey’s neck with a glass bottle!
Mafuza was rescued and rushed to our safe house where he is receiving dedicated medical care. He is currently on antibiotics and strong pain medication, and the wound is regularly cleaned to help treat the severe infection.
It is only with the support of friends like you that we can save Mafuza and other innocent donkeys. Please, donate now to help us end the terrible abuse of donkeys in rural Bela-Bela. Without you, these innocent animals have no hope.