villages and stunning sunsets, Santorini have long been revered as Greece’s most iconic and photogenic island.
But since then, says Maria Astraveni of the Friends Eeyore Donkey and Pikachu shirt group Direct Action Everywhere, “zip, zilch, zero has changed.” Like other activists, Astraveni openly accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the plight of the donkeys, suggesting that they are instead supporting the lucrative business of donkey rides. Scores of campaigns have struggled to save Santorini’s donkeys for years. But all to no avail, forcing activists like PETA and Astraveni to ratchet up the pressure, protests and a more offensive campaign including taking criminal action against local authorities. We are well beyond the point of trying to sensitize owners, encouraging them to a kinder, gentler use of the animal,” Astraveni told DW. “And we are well beyond the point of drawing focus on the donkey rides alone.