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Nov 6th, 2012: Landfill burning again!

To be Honest I have had it with this situation!
Over this past year I have done my best as the spokesperson of BICEPS and as a resident of Bonaire to stop legal action that was bought forward by the BICEPS members. The situation is deeply saddening for me as we are just at the point of working with them to find safe solutions without using the weight of the law, right now I find myself between a rock and a hard place. Let me tell you ALL! I will not sit here for long alone. If I do not get some satisfactory answers this coming week BICEPS will have no option but to go to the EU Court of human rights. Be SURE! That is a promise not a threat! I will give full details in the next BICEPS news letter.
Sean Paton.

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Press release: Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire fights government plan to send donkeys to Haiti
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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire fights government plan to send donkeys to Haiti, Press release, July 10th, 2012

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is extremely concerned about the government’s plan to catch the wild donkeys on Bonaire and send them to Haiti to become working donkeys.

The government of Bonaire wants to capture all these donkeys at very short notice, claiming that its aim is to prevent damage to vegetation and improve road safety. Deputy James Kroon told the media that the donkeys will then be transported to Haiti to be used as working animals over there.

Although Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has been calling upon the government for many years to rescue the stray donkeys from the streets, its chairwoman Marina Melis does not agree with the government’s plans.

“It seems that the donkeys will be captured without proper welfare precautions, which will cause them distress and suffering,” she said.

“Besides, the donkeys will probably face a miserable future on Haiti. There are no guarantees at all that they will be well cared for there. Anyway we are dealing with feral donkeys here, which cannot be simply put to work like trained, domestic animals.”

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has already had several consultations with the government to try to find a more animal friendly solution.

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire offered to coordinate the rounding-up and capture of the wild donkeys. This way the donkeys would be removed from the streets in an animal friendly manner, by people with the right training and equipment. Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has all the necessary knowledge and experience at its disposal, but a project like this needs thorough preparation and therefore could not be executed until the beginning of 2013 at the earliest.

All the captured mares (including those which are pregnant) and foals can then be accommodated in the donkey sanctuary, where they will be safe and have a good life, on condition that the government contributes to the cost of taking care for these animals. Until now Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire has not received any financial support from the government.

Unfortunately, the captured adult stallions cannot be placed in the Donkey Sanctuary. Even if they are neutered, they will still have aggressive territorial tendencies and will attack other males confined with them, so it is not possible to have them in the sanctuary. Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire proposes to neuter these stallions and then set them free again on the island, or have them euthanized by the vet. Even this last resort would be more humane than sending the donkeys to Haiti.

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is a non-profit organisation whose primary objective is to offer safety and protection for all donkeys on Bonaire. Marina also works to raise awareness and overcome negative perceptions of donkeys among the local community, schools and tourists.

At the moment over 400 donkeys are already cared for in the donkey sanctuary. They are provided with food, drinking water and medical care and have plenty of space and freedom. All male donkeys in the sanctuary are neutered to control the number of donkeys in care.

The number of wild donkeys on Bonaire is estimated at approximately 200. These stray donkeys are in constant danger. Every year lots of donkeys die from starvation, dehydration, illness and (road) accidents.


Will you help Jong Bonaire?

Jong Bonaire has a really special calendar coming up for 2013 and we hope we can count on you to buy calendars again this year. The young people have researched some of the environmental options for the island's future and they present them in a beautiful, graphic way. They answer the question: "What can I do to help improve my own environment?"

Join these beautiful teenagers as they visit the new wind farm, the water treatment plant and a conch protection site. Watch them sort glass, prevent dengue and learn to plow a field. Two young men even dream of an aluminum car made from old cans.

We hope that you will purchase a good supply of the calendars and share them with your employees, friends and families. Your support of this calendar will help the Jong Bonaire Youth Development Program and the teens of Bonaire as they think about and take positive action for the island's future.

Minimum order is 10 calendars and the price is the same as last year: $12.50. We hope we can count on you again this year.

We thank you in advance.

Alan, Jane and Rene


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