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. https://arkbiodiv.com/2021/09/04/__trashed-3/
Dr. Raziq initiated WDD in 2010 in Quetta Pakistan. Peta Jones from South Africa supported the idea. We had been organizing seminars and workshops on this special day about donkeys and many people had been participating. With the revolution in social media and the boost of my website https://arkbiodiv.com/, this day got very warm attention from all over the world. In 2018, this day reached another level. Now, this day is being celebrated in different quarters of the world each year on 8th May.
Today is world donkey day, congratulation to you all. Let us spread awareness about this kind and soulful animal. It needs a sympathetic response from its human masters. The donkey is still a very useful and sustainable animal everywhere. In the future, the donkey will play again a very crucial role.
The idea to set up a World Donkey Day emerged in 2018. World Donkey Day is the brainchild of Dr. Raziq Kakar, Ph.D. in Animal Science from Northeastern Balochistan – Pakistan. His main focus and research area is camel. Here is what Dr. Raziq wrote for Radio Bulgaria:
“While I was walking and working with the camels for my doctoral research in Northeastern Belochistan in Pakistan, I realized that the donkey is an even more important player both as a working animal and resilient to the drought and feed/water scarcity. As soon as I completed my Ph.D. task, I took my luggage and started my donkey love exploration. I wrote some general articles and found different types and communities of donkey keepers. Besides the crucial and pivotal role of a donkey, very little attention has been given to this poor creature. I communicated with many people at the global level who had an interest in donkeys. I found a kind soul “Peta Jones” from South Africa who is in real love with Donkey. I asked her to support my cause/suggestion for world donkey day. She supported me and suggested May 8 as World Donkey Day, because it is the week after World Labor Day and the donkey is the most important labor in the world, is it not?” https://bnr.bg/en/post/101464002/donkey-stories
(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.
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!
The unique Biological Machine for Work (BMW), highly adapted, the specialized creature is still hiding from the policy makers and highly neglected at all levels. This unique creature is still playing the same role since ages Reminding the Role of Poor Creature~The Donkey
The donkey is not only a working equid but equally play a pivotal role in religious rituals, recreations in some cultures and part & parcel of different heritages. Unfortunately, the donkey kingdom is facing panic problems, ranging from the ill treatment, poor welfare to sick behavior of some societies towards the donkey.
Celebrating the world donkey day is to aware the masses about the importance of the donkey on one hand and to realize its importance in the agricultural/ urban economies of the world on the other hand. World Donkey Day 8th May
Donkey is now introduced in many EU countries as ecosystem service to help in the flora biodiversity in the forest. World Donkey Day (May 8). In Germany, grazing with livestock is the most commonly used strategy for maintaining the landscape and for conserving rare plants, as well as certain bird species on the Red List.
The donkey is making its place in the changing world and finding option hopes to be used for other purposes as well. Unluckily, the trend of exporting to China for skin trade is the most debatable and questionable. Yes, we must use the animal and plant genetic resources for food and agriculture but it must be based on sustainability, respect, and benefit sharing. I fear that these working animals if used for skin and meat trade, will have a very negative effect on the rural economy in Asia and AfricaThe Blind Export of Precious Donkey will lead to Extinction of this Genetic Resource.
The donkey is very special creature and the most efficient biological work machine. This great creature is still playing pivotal role in the rural economy and urban goods transport in many parts of the world. There is a wide genetic diversity, hence having different levels of potential of work, hardiness and adaptability to the calamities of the weathers.
Unfortunately, donkey is still abuse, neglected and misbehave in many parts of the world. Not only neglected as animal welfare, poorly fed and even abuse for nothing but just fun. Many bad words are linked with this poor animal very sadly.
To raise awareness regarding this poor but neglected animal, the World Donkey Day was launched by the author (proposed by Peta Jones, a South African Scientist). 8th May was selected as world donkey day (as it is a labor animal).
Many friends and groups joined this struggle and many people have now realized the importance of this unique creature. The donkey plays role in pastoralism, transportation, mining, agricultural operations, racing, polo, and healing of the patients. There are many people who love donkey and care them very well. There is a facebook page on social media regarding the world donkey day.