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Photo: Why We’re Proud of These Asses

Written by PETA | July 23, 2012

“Shanthi” means “peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.” So it’s appropriate that Shanthi and her friends (pictured below) enjoy such a blissful life at a sanctuary in India—but that wasn’t always the case.


© Aneesh S

Once, these little donkeys worked all day long in the blistering heat, carrying heavy loads of bricks from the fiery kilns starting at dawn. At night, they were left to root through garbage and dirt in the hope of finding enough nourishment to survive. Animal Rahat, which PETA supports, rescued Shanthi and all the other survivors of accidents involving trucks and cars and arranged for their retirement. Now, they live, jump, run, and play with their rescued friends from the streets—and they’ll never be beaten again.

Animal Rahat saves the lives of India’s working animals. To help animals such as Shanthi and his pals, please make a generous donation to Animal Rahat.

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  • Erin Hansen says:

    I love the donkeys and I hope one day animal rahat india will have enough resources to save them all and bring all the bullocks and donkeys to the sanctuary. I look forward to the day when animals are replaced by machinery in india. Keep up the great work!