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Field Trip: Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land

Moshav Gan Yoshiyya, Israel

Moshav Gan Yoshiyya, Israel

Lucy Fensom, founder and field director of Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, spends some time with a few of the more than 110 residents of the Israel-based sanctuary. ADI ZAHOR/SAFE HAVEN FOR DONKEYS IN THE HOLY LAND
Year sanctuary established: late 2000

Website: safehaven4donkeys.org

While religious texts from the area are full of references to donkeys, modern residents of the Holy Land apparently don’t treat the animals with much respect.

“The donkey is absolutely considered to be the lowest of the low, the lowest form of life—that’s if they even consider it to be life. For both Arabs and Jews, it’s the same,” says Lucy Fensom, founder and field director of the Israel-based Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land.

Fensom has made it her mission to try to improve the status of these animals. She’s up against some 5,000 years of Middle Eastern culture, in which donkeys are viewed as beasts of burden, nothing more.

In her area, it’s possible to buy a donkey for $50 to $100, Fensom estimates. And at that price, when a donkey gets old, sick, or injured, it’s easier to abandon him than pay for veterinary treatment.

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