The British foundation Mijas Donkey Movement is performing veterinary checks at the donkey taxi service that is provided in the town, an action that is part of the collaboration agreement that it maintains with the City Council to ensure the welfare of the 61 equids, as reported on Tuesday by the Councilor for Mobility and Transport, Nicolás Cruz.
The mayor has pointed out that “since the Consistory supervise these controls that are carried out by this external and independent foundation to the City Council, and that they come to guarantee that they are totally impartial and faithful to the reality of the state of the donkeys that provide this service in the town”, he explained.
In this sense, the councilor of the area has assured that “not only do we allow and collaborate with external entities with total transparency, but in the last three years since the Consistory we have intensified all the measures aimed at guaranteeing the welfare of animals, so that we also fight against any type of animal abuse”, also promoting “a new regulation that, among other aspects, includes the weight limitation of the users or the schedule and rest times minimum depending on the time of year.
In the same way, from the area they have underlined how “following the recommendations of the veterinarian made in these periodic reviews we have implemented improvements such as the location of new drinkers or the modification of the height of the hooks”, he has reported, all this in order “to watch over a service that meets all the guarantees and in which these animals are in perfect condition”.
The agreement sealed in 2020 with this entity It thus seeks to improve the service provided by these animals, ensure their well-being and also promote a better real and positive external projection of the service.
“We are talking about a very important collaboration that in recent years has also translated into the commissioning of treatment or shoeing of hoovesas well as in feed donations, especially important in the midst of a pandemic, in which we remember the service was totally inactive”, Cruz recalled.
For her part, María Bross, the veterinarian of the Mijas Donkey Movement foundation who is on the ground carrying out the controls, has reported that “every six months We check that the animals have a good weight, that they have no injuries, that their hooves are in good shape”.
In addition, he pointed out that “the stables are visited to give the recommendations of what should be changed to improve their animal welfare”, and added that “In general, they are fine. although there are always things that can be improved, as we have done with the lowering of the bar so that they are more comfortable”.
From the department they have indicated that they continue working on the project for the creating a new stable “that allows eliminate existing ones in the urban area and improve the conditions of those located in the area of the Wall”.