Thursday, October 20, 2005
A British-based donkey welfare group has started a campaign to put reflective tags on Namibia's donkeys. The idea is to make the animals easier to see at night, and thus to avoid collisions on main roads.
Donkeys in Namibia and other African countries frequently wander onto the tarmac at night - and fail to get out of the way when vehicles approach. Collisions involving vehicles and donkeys are believed to account for a quarter of road accidents in Namibia. Donkey Welfare of Namibia plans to distribute reflective tags to be attached to donkeys' ears.
"At first we are concentrating on the areas where most collisions with donkeys occur but we would like to eventually tag all donkeys in the country," Russell Hay, a founder member of the organisation told the Namibian newspaper.
Donkeys tend to wander onto roads as the evening cools down, and the tarmac retains the heat for longer than the surrounding bush. There are believed to be at least 150,000 donkeys in the northern Owamboland region alone. The average northern Namibian household owns five of the animals. Many other donkeys are strays, and become a serious problem on unfenced roads.
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