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Cyclic Hotline
12th May 2005, 21:24
Maybe the Donkey's Union are the reason the TUC meets in Blackpool so often? They certainly seem to be very effective lobbyists!

I can't wait til they MOT them. "Sorry, Guv, it has a overload exhaust and bald hoofs." ;)


Blackpool’s donkeys also given work rights

By A Correspondent

DONKEYS working on Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach were also granted a 48-hour week yesterday and council inspectors will check that they are getting their full lunch break.

Councillors discussed what a donkey should get for lunch and decided it should be about an hour. The sands will be patrolled to ensure no donkeys are missing out on their employment rights.

The 200-plus animals carry children for rides along the resort’s beaches throughout the summer. Council rules state donkeys must only work from 10am to 7pm, have an hour off for lunch, and must have every Friday off.

Officials said they wanted to ensure their donkeys were happy and healthy as they have been part of the resort’s history since Victorian times.

The donkeys’ employment rights will be protected by the council’s donkey inspectors to ensure they are not being overworked by their owners. They will also get their annual “donkey MoT” by vets to ensure they are healthy enough to work.

They will line up on the sand on Friday, their day of rest, while officials, accompanied by vets, check their hooves, ears, teeth and coats. Any owner whose animal is not up to scratch will not get an operator’s licence.

The animals, which were first brought to Britain to toil down mines, take tens of thousands of children on £2 rides each season.

A council spokeswoman said: “We do spot checks throughout the summer season to make sure they are having a break.

“Some people might think it is quite a hard day on the beach with no break on a busy day. It is an important part of our tourism business.

“We want the donkeys to be happy and healthy. The donkeys’ Friday off is a by-law that has been in place for, well, donkey’s years.”

MAN’S SECOND BEST FRIEND

Of the 850 donkeys working on British beaches, 228 are in Blackpool

The operator has to have third-party insurance and a vet’s certificate stating that the donkeys are healthy, well cared for and fit to work

Since 1991 hoof branding has been popular. This painless procedure identifies donkeys to the vet and the local authority

At the end of the season as many donkeys as possible head off for winter stabling at farms and riding schools

Donkeys can live as long as 60 years but 40 is usually considered elderly

They were developed by man from wild asses and have been around since 3000BC. They were the first animals, after cats and dogs, to be linked with humans.

JustaFew
12th May 2005, 21:53
So where do they fit the tachograph to ensure compliance?

GrahamK
12th May 2005, 22:06
So where do they fit the tachograph to ensure compliance?

On the ass perhaps?



Ok, ok I'll get me coat
:ouch:

Whirlygig
12th May 2005, 22:50
OK, how long before anyone mentions "hung like a...."

Sweepstake anyone?

Cheers

Whirls

Loose rivets
13th May 2005, 06:53
Mmmm, pilots should be so lucky.:*

Wingswinger
13th May 2005, 07:30
Hung like a.....

You can't say that, it's speciesist!

This little story caused much hilarity in W house when we read it yesterday. When will donkeys pay tax and vote?

If councils can find the time and resources for this sort of thing then they really do have too much of our money!

MadsDad
13th May 2005, 08:07
Read somewhere fairly recently that donkeys are, on average, the most pampered creatures in the country. One thing the report mentioned was that if you apply to the National Donkey Sanctuary (or whatever it is called) for a donkey to look after they come along and check the stable where you will be keeping it.

If it doesn't have central heating you won't be considered suitable.

(mind you, it may have been printed in early April).

Blacksheep
13th May 2005, 09:15
Good luck to them, I say. You wouldn't believe the things I've seen donkeys getting up to. In fact I wouldn't mind having a go at some of those jobs myself.

But its not all fun and games, here's a picture (http://www.swapmeetdave.com/Humor/Workshop/OL-Donkey-Cart.jpg) of one of one poor devil in training for a job in aircraft maintenance. I reckon he'd fancy a job on Blackpool beach... :(

Cyclic Hotline
13th May 2005, 12:50
I think that is a picture of a donkey on his lunch hour, taking the weight of his feet? ;)