An image of a heavy-set man posing on a little donkey has caused huge outrage all over the social media and for good reason — the animal has subsequently collapsed under the man’s weight and has later died…
The unfortunate five-month-old donkey, named Platero, was held in a pen at a Christmas fair in the Spanish town of Lucena in Cordoba, in an area that was not meant to be accessed by the public.
But one man climbed over the pen’s fence and sat on the juvenile animal’s back to have his photo taken, while smiling widely and posing for the camera.
Just two days later, visitors to the fair noticed that Platero was barely able to stand on his feet and he was taken to a local vet who immediately transferred the animal to a specialist clinic. Unfortunately, due to the severity of Platero’s internal injuries, he had to be put down.
Since Platero’s death, the picture of the bulky man, smiling as he poses on the animal, has been widely shared on social media, shocking animal lovers around the world and prompting calls for the authorities to take action.
1. The photo of the portly man grinning as he poses on the donkey — which later died — has been widely shared on social media, where animal lovers have reacted with outrage and called on the town hall to take action.
Two animal rights organizations — Asociaci├│n de Defensa del Borrico (Adebo) and the C├¡rculo Animalista de Podemos Lucena — have already reported the incident to the police. Their complaint says:
The donkey was literally squashed by a man. The man tried to pose ‘galloping,’ with his almost 150kg of weight on the fragile body of the animal, squashing it to death.
Police have requested a vet to determine the cause of Platero’s death and the town has said that it will take legal action if it is proved that the man sitting on the donkey’s back is responsible for his death.
The animal rights groups say that they are repulsed and outraged and will move “heaven and earth” to have the man prosecuted if it is found that his weight killed the Platero.
2. The donkey was being used in a nativity scene in the town of Lucena in Cordoba, Spain.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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