The Animal Party is calling on the authorities to safeguard the wellbeing of three donkeys being used by a Limassol businessman to advertise his wares, its head Kyriacos Kyriacou said on Tuesday.
According to Kyriacou, the party has received reports that the businessman has loaded the donkeys with baskets and a placard and has them tied outside his establishment in Ypsonas.
This move has angered passersby who have raised concerns over the wellbeing and safety of the donkeys. The establishment is a bazaar-like venue where various vendors rent stalls to sell their produce.
Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail that he informed the businessman that he needs special permission to use animals for advertising purposes, and that the treatment of the animals should not any way cause them discomfort.
“They are tied up outside the establishment, and despite that he has now installed a tent over them, they are still exposed to the heat, the car smoke and noise,” Kyriacou said.
He added that they also need straw where they stand, so that they can rest if they want to. “They have food and water, but they are standing on tarmac. They need a soft surface so that they can kneel when they are tired, and rest”.
Kyriacou said his party has sent a letter to the vet services and the agriculture minister Nicos Kouyialis and expects to see actions taken.