We celebrate world donkey day each year on 8 May.,improve%20their%20quality%20of%20life.

This year for the first time, we arranged a space on Twitter to talk and share the facts and information about the donkey. The main interest was shown by the African farmers. A friend from Namibia told us about the new task of the donkey as a farm guardian. He claimed that even the Cheetah can’t harm the livestock protected by the donkeys.

My ecology friend Sam has shared the link about the donkey encountering the wild predators and bravely counteracting them.

Donkey killing hyena and coyote 

Here is the link to read about the history of the world donkey day. Donkey is multipurpose livestock, been used for ages for work, food, recreation, hobby, sports, and other purposes but is still, a very important role of this unique creature is hiding from the eyes of the majority of the people, that is its’ ecological role. To highlight the importance of donkeys, we introduced and launched the world donkey day.

Always love donkeys

The beautiful, polite and multipurpose animal, the donkey. I always speak for the donkeys, either there is cruelty issues in my own country Pakistan or mass shooting in Australia.

I have introduced world donkey day.

Dear Australia, Please don’t Kill-Donkey is an Asset

I have been emphasizing that livestock grazing is a great blessing for the sustainable management of an ecosystem. Livestock is not only the consumer but the return treasure of manure (the microorganism in livestock gut act as detritivores, converting the tough fibers material into a well rotten nitrogen-rich fertilizer) which maintain the soil structure and fertility in a healthier state. Not only the soil health but also the grazing minimizing the risks of the fire hazards as it is becoming the very common enemy of the ecosystems, especially under the global warming scenario. We are witnessing the worst wildfires in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Very few such reports are aired where there is a common practice of livestock grazings like Africa and part of Asia. Livestock grazing had been performing a role of ecosystem management for ages but in the Anthropocene, the grazing was restricted because of the poor understanding of the role of livestock and the health of an ecosystem.

Horrific News from Australia

The Western Australian government has nearly wiped out wild donkeys from the Kimberley, a region in northwest Australia. They have already shot half a million donkeys and now plan to eradicate the rest of the population by ordering the shooting of the last ones living peacefully on Kachana Station, a holistically managed landscape.

The Western Australian Government used horrific mass gunning, which left thousands of donkeys dead and dying across the land. They trapped mares (or “jennies”), fixed them with radio transmitters, and then tracked them. Once a mare returned to her family, helicopters moved in and shot all the other donkeys except for her. Then the helicopters waited until the mare joined another social group and did it all over again. In some cases, up to 20,000 donkeys in two weeks were shot. 

Raise your voice and sign the petition please

The author is the founder of world donkey day. I’m very much impressed by the role of donkeys in ecosystem management. I have a very clear and concrete concept about the abilities of the donkey. Please give a chance to the livestock, especially the animals like donkeys and camels. Here is the detail of the sad story ‘KILLING OF INNOCENT DONKEY IN AUSTRALIA’ and I appeal once again to please join our hand and voice. The link of the petition is in the link.

Policy Level Dilemma

The agricultural policymakers only consider the money as the return of the farming. They do not care about the hidden negative costs (factory farming) and the potential hidden benefits (grazing livestock) of livestock farming.

Donkey is the Fittest and the Useful Creature in the Arid Regions of the World

Donkey, the gift of the functional drylands ecosystems.

The donkey is a very useful animal in arid regions. It is a very useful animal in rural as well as urban economies. The donkey has a strong soul of resilience and can perform in any challenging conditions. A lovely animal and very good at learning the master’s commands. The donkey is a very useful animal in arid regions. It is a very useful animal in rural as well as urban economies. The donkey has a strong soul of resilience and can perform in any challenging conditions. A lovely animal and very good at learning the master’s commands.

The author is the founder of the world donkey day to highlight the importance of this precious animal.




(See page on Facebook, where the history and suggestions for this day are given)

Worldwide (except for the US), 1 May is International Workers’ Day – to remind humanity of the value of those among us who work hard and get paid little.  A separate day seems to be necessary to remind humanity of the animal workers among us, who work just as hard as the human workers they usually help, and who suffer from an even lower value.biodiv

For more than 6000 years DONKEYS have been carrying and pulling loads, turning wheels and generally laboring away to extend the work of humans.  More recently they have been joined by horses, camels, and oxen, but even today, all over the world where resources are scarce and speed is less important, donkeys are still the main providers of such work.

Give them a thought; give them some appreciation.  If any are nearby, go give them a biscuit!


Peta A. Jones, MSc, PhD

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