If you have been living in a country like India, listening about donkeys would remind you of huge bags filled with construction materials being carried by these animals. Donkeys, that also go by the name Ass, belong to the horse family, and have been used for carrying loads since ages. They have too carry extremely heavy loads on their backs, usually at construction sites or at brick kilns. Besides carrying loads, these animals also act as a mode of transport in some of the backward areas of the world. But is it right to torture these animals for the purpose of fulfilling our greed?
Donkeys can be termed as the most hardworking animals on our mother Earth. They have the capability of acting as a transporting medium for long hours in the soaring temperatures of the subcontinent. They usually get beaten up as a mode of inspiration to work harder. They work in spite of suffering from open wounds, because their owner can’t afford a treatment for them. But why do they beat them if they can’t take care of their wounds? The usual owners of this animal in the Indian subcontinent are the construction workers. These workers work extremely hard to earn a day’s pay, which is so meager that they can’t even afford a full meal for their families.
Not only in India, but in various other underdeveloped or developing countries, donkeys are made to carry loads without properly being fed. According to recent surveys, this world has a population of half a billion donkeys, among which, 96% belong to underdeveloped or developing countries, where they are used as pack animals or in agricultural fields. In some countries, donkeys are used in the form of agricultural power, as they don’t cost as much as mowing the field with actual electric equipments does.
There is a different scenario in some of the developed countries. In these countries, instead of being beaten up, this animal live up to its stature of getting adopted as a pet, or as a medium of fun rides for animals, Besides again being a mode of transport, proper care is taken of them. They are properly fed and are kept as pets. There are a few facts about donkeys, which are rare and increase the value of donkey to a huge extent. After all, it is said that “Diamond comes from the darkest of the coal”. In a few of the developed countries, donkeys are butchered for their meat, especially in China, where snake meat is a delicacy, donkey meat and genitals enjoy the same stature. It might seem odd as to a person consuming donkey genitals, but people do enjoy that meal after paying hundreds of dollars for that purpose. In fact, the milk of a donkey has also a good price, which is up to Rs. 2000 per liter, and is usually sold in quantities of 100 ml, 200 ml etc.
Had some of these facts been known by the owners of donkey in developing or underdeveloped countries, and had the government be paying MSP or something for their milk to the donkey owners, the status of this animal would not be as bad as it is in the present condition. Feeding donkeys is not much expensive as most of the domesticated species of this animal are vegan, and usually feed on fodder, which is not difficult to get hands on, especially in agricultural lands. It is not the case that the government is not trying to help these animals, but the efforts are pretty much less. So some private organizations pity on this condition of donkeys, and are putting maximum efforts to prevent the cruelty against these innocent animals. Various Donkey Sanctuaries have been opened up all around the world in order to train the owners about how to keep proper care of the animal and imparting some points of humanity among the owners that use this animal for extra work, and don’t pay attention t their health and hygiene. They also provide a vet for taking care of them, and also allow an intake of homeless and weak donkeys, and take care of them.
Donkeys are although treated as “Beasts of Burden”, but they carry a mythological religious history. They were treated as a symbol of Egyptian Sun God. Donkey has also been a part of Greek as well as Indian mythology, and the word donkey has been mentioned many a times in the Holy Bible. But the present degrading condition of the 96% of the donkeys in the world make us forget that everyone is equal in this world. Just because we enjoy the perk of being the most intelligent specie on Earth doesn’t give us the right to be cruel towards any specie on this planet. So, I would like to request each and every reader that if possible, educate the workers towards being kind to the animal that helps in feeding their family. After all, they can;t speak, but we have to understand what they are trying to tell us. They are as innocent as your pet dog. Don’t live under the myth that they have to be mistreated to get your work then. After all, there is nothing in this world, that can’t be achieved by love.