Horrific images and video of donkeys working in the dumps of Mali, West Africa have gone viral showing donkeys struggling through mountains of rubbish overflowing with broken glass and sharp metal objects in temperatures known to reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to the Mirror, the life expectancy for the donkeys in Mali used to be six-months. The donkeys carry trash from the capital, Bamako; pulling the heavy loads of rubbish up steep slopes with barely any time given to them to rest. The constant threat of infections from sharp objects often result in terrible suffering for these animals.
The United Kingdom based animal charity, The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, (SPANA) has been regularly treating the donkeys and providing them with vaccinations to prevent tetanus and other deadly diseases. With this treatment available, the life span of the donkeys has been increasing to several years – although not nearly optimum conditions, but so much better than before veterinarians and volunteers arrived to help save the lives of these docile animals.
“Every day, the working donkeys of the Bamako rubbish dumps in Mali face injury from sharp metal, glass and plastic. Even the smallest cuts and scratches can easily become infected, and tetanus can develop. The effects of tetanus are appalling and, sadly, it is often fatal. But, with the ongoing help of our supporters, SPANA vets are regularly visiting Bamako, providing vaccinations and treatment to ensure that animals do not have to endure the pain and misery caused by tetanus and other diseases.”
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