Greece has just passed an unusual new law that imposes a ban on tourists deemed overweight on the island of Santorini.
Specifically, the law restricts people who weigh more than 100kg from riding on donkeys, an iconic and very popular activity on the holiday island.
It is one of a suite of new laws by Greece’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food that aims to protect Santorini’s donkeys.
A change.org petition, called “Stop Animal Abuse of Donkeys and Horses in Santorini”, has attracted more than 108,000 signatures.
“In addition, the farmers give them lashings to make them go faster up the path when carrying tourists.”.
According to the new laws, donkeys on rides in Santorini should not carry loads heavier than 100kg, or one fifth of their weight.
“The owners of working (donkeys) should ensure that the animals’ level of health is high,” a government statement read. »