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.