Tourists Urged To Stop Riding Donkeys Up Santorini’s Steep Steps

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the most picturesque and popular tourist destinations in the world, with visitors falling in love with its rugged cliffs and pebbled beaches.
During their time there, many tourists opt to travel up the volcanic isle’s famously steep steps using a traditional means of transport: riding on the back of a donkey.
Many see this an authentic part of their experience, never considering the damage they could be inflicting on the health of the donkeys.

Demand for Santorini donkeys has risen in risen years, as reported by The Guardian, with up to 17,000 tourists each day heading to the island from cruise ships.
This over-tourism has put pressure on the Santorini donkeys, leading them to suffer from health problems such as spinal injuries, saddle sores and exhaustion.
Santorini mayor, Nikos Zorzos, told The Guardian:
The campaign is about to start,
Representatives from the cruise liner association were here in my office this week promising to raise awareness [of the problem] and from our side we’ll be distributing information leaflets.
Our mules and donkeys are part of our tradition. Younger owners, especially, have understood that they need to be looked after.

Following our meeting with the mayor of , we're delighted to see that the steps have been significantly improved. 🙌

We’re looking forward to seeing the repaired shelters that will give donkeys the shade, rest and water they need. 👍

This campaign was launched The Donkey Sanctuary.
According to The Guardian, PR officer at The Donkey Sanctuary stated:
Our In Their Hooves campaign aims to encourage tourists to stop and think before using donkey taxis to climb the steep steps at Fira port,
It suggests holidaymakers consider whether donkeys and mules are being treated humanely, have enough shade and water, as well as whether loads they are being asked to carry are suitable. If not, other options, such as walking or taking a cable car, might be a more responsible mode of transport.

Greek island of : GET OFF THE DONKEY!

Walk your big, lazy self up the hill or don't go up it at all. Some are lame, saddle sores galore.