Why Greece Is Banning Obese Tourists From Riding Donkeys

Is this fat shaming?



Is the Greek government fat shaming travelers?

After receiving complaints that tourists in Santorini were causing spinal injuries on donkeys, the country’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food now forbids obese tourists from riding them. According to Yahoo News, new regulations have been established to protect donkeys at work, including limiting the weight donkeys can carry.

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The regulations also states:

‘Working equines should not be loaded with excessive weight for their size, age or physical condition. The load cannot exceed the weight of 100kg, or one fifth of their body weight. The animals should be given appropriate and adequate food and fresh drinking water daily, into containers which cannot be contaminated and are cleaned at least once a day.”


Riding donkeys up the cobblestone alleys in Santorini has been a popular tourist attraction, but animal rights activists have said that many tourists are “too fat” to sit on them. A Help the Santorini Donkeys charity spokesperson explains,

“It’s recommended that animals should carry no more than 20% of their own body weight,. The obese and overweight tourists, combined with the lack of shade and water, as well as the sheer heat and 568 cobbled steps, is what is causing such a problem.”

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