Essex couple’s donkey sanctuary plans thwarted by neighbours

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A retired couple living in India who tried to set up a Donkey sanctuary at their home, have been refused approval, as their neighbours believe that  such a place would lower the tone of the area.

Bob Harrison, a retired immigration investigator and his wife Jean are both passionate about animal rights and have set up an ambulance service for some of Delhi’s distressed donkeys. Their charity, the Asswin project, which has been funded by Bob’s pension, has won much admiration from India and Internationally.

Working mules in Delhi are often mistreated by owners and are forced to work long hours and carry extremely heavy loads. They often topple over as they are over loaded, which results in cuts and bruises and they are often kept for long hours without food or water.

However, neighbours in their local area, Gurgaon have complained that the donkeys create a terrible smell and keep the neighbourhood up all night.

A new solution to the dispute  could  now be on the horizon as the municipal commissioner has offered to give them a plot of land away from their street, where they build a new sanctuary.

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