I was over at Maho Bay with some tour guests yesterday when I came across a young girl feeding a donkey. She was feeding it peanuts, which doesn’t sound awful in theory, but it is. I kindly asked her to stop and explained why, and she did. So a big thank you to that young girl.
I posted a photo of the donkey on my Facebook page yesterday and, again, asked people to not feed them. Then the picture above was posted. In it, one of the donkeys is eating a Tootsie Pop. A Tootsie Pop!!! In what world can anyone think that is ok?!
I went straight to the National Park about this and this is their exact words as to why we should not feed the donkeys:
“It causes them to be aggressive and bite. It is very bad for them to eat common people food. It trains them to stay close to the road looking for handouts. When close to the road, they are at risk of being injured or killed! If hit by a small car, could cause serious injuries to passengers and particularly small children.”
The donkeys are perfectly happy grazing on grass. They do not need us to feed them.
So if you’d like to kill one of our donkeys, keep on feeding them those Tootsie Pops. If you love our donkeys, please love them from afar.
(And yes, I know I’m a tad crabby today, but this really bothers me)