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Stop the shipment of 200 wild male donkeys to Haiti
  • Petitioned Save the Bonaire Donkeys

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Save the Bonaire Donkeys

Stop the shipment of 200 wild male donkeys to Haiti

    1. ann phelan
    2. Petition by

      ann phelan

      xx, MA

The Bonaire Government is trying to rectify the overpopulation of wild donkeys by sending them to Haiti to become beasts of burden. Wild donkeys and goats are defoliating the landscape. Many car accidents occur involving donkeys. The public has asked to have a sterlization program for many years to curb the growth but it has been reported that money was not available. Now, the numbers have increased. The government's supposed proposal includes rounding up wild males (200), tranquilizing them and sending them on a long horrendous boat ride to Haiti. Donkeys have been used as working animals for many years around the world, but wild donkeys that roam the island of Bonaire would not be able to be used in such a manner. It is more likely that the donkeys (those who actually survive the journey) would have a short  life and one of severe hardship and suffering.

 The Donkey Sanctuary has provided a safe haven for some of  the island's donkeys but cannot manage all so many still roam wild. Their goal is to sterilize all wild males to lessen the population and decrease aggressiveness. There are other means to support the plight of these lovely creatures that have been a part of the island's landscape for over a hundred years. Please consider supporting a humane way to help. Go to http://www.donkeysanctuary.org/ to learn more.

The Donkey Sanctuary staff and government are meeting July 17th to examine options. Let us hope they find more humane solutions. Your voice counts. Make a stand to humane treatment of the Bonaire donkeys.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. No to Haiti

      ann phelan
      Petition Organizer

      From Forum Bonaire: NO DONKEY'S TO GO TO HAITI....
      We can now confirm our previous report that plans to send 200 donkeys to Haiti have now been scrapped.
      A plan for the future has been presented to the Government by Marina from the Donkey Sanctuary on how to tackle the current problems of too many feral beasts & on how to ensure their safety in the future.
      It is almost certain that funds will have to be raised for the proposed plans and we will be happy to use this platform to promote any such fundraising.
      Most people I am sure will be delighted that this small but important part of the islands' heritage will in some way be preserved & that 200 donkeys will not be slaughtered in return for some fruit trees.
      Thanks to everyone involved for their invaluable support...

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. URGENT

      ann phelan
      Petition Organizer

      The meeting to discuss the fate of the donkeys is tomorrow, here in Bonaire. Please share this petition to everyone who loves animals. Please help save our island's donkeys.

    5. The advocates for the donkey plight meet with the government July 17.

      ann phelan
      Petition Organizer

      I urge all to share this petition. Let's reach 1000 people by the 17th

    6. There is a Dutch petition running now. Public awareness has ramped up.

      ann phelan
      Petition Organizer

      Can everyone consider donating any amount possible to the Donkey Sanctuary? Any dollar helps. Today, I hiked up Sera Largu and encountered a sweet docile male who met my eyes. I softly spoke to him that he will be safe. I have positive hope this solution will resolved humanely.

    7. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 12 months ago

      please dont send these donkeys to Haiti They will become beasts of burden and will not get looked after properly Please start a sterilization program for these donkeys and leave them where they are

    • Jean Tibon HAITI
      • about 1 year ago

      I live in haiti, i dont see the point to bring these donkey to my country, better to keep them where they are in safe area. Pourquoi toujours creer probleme ??

    • WIlliam Striffler WANTAGE, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      Cruelty to any animal should be important to all of us!!!!

      • about 1 year ago

      I take care of donkeys and ponies and I can't bare the thought of them being hurt- I'l take some!!!

    • Victoria Colewood LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Please do not let this happen, a painful and useless ife for these animals apart fromone to be broken as a beast of burden is unfair- surely better to give food and tools to Haiti


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