Letter: Keep bad owners off the beach, not donkeys

The RSPCA is not trying to take donkeys off British beachers, merely irresponsible owners ("Drop the hot donkey...", 24 August). While there are good owners, we are concerned about operators who take too little care in ensuring that their animals have sufficient shade, water and rest in hot weather.

As your article mentioned, local authorities operate a "donkey charter" which lays down guidelines for rest periods, provisions of food and water and general care of animals being used for public rides. The RSPCA, along with The Donkey Sanctuary, would like to see all operators having to adhere to these standards before being granted licences.

Sue Atkinson

RSPCA, Horsham, W Sussex

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