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Campaign To Save Joseph The Donkey

Tuesday June 26 2012




LOCALS are campaigning to save a donkey who they fear may be put to sleep after complaints about his braying.

Villagers in Brierley have set up a campaign after hearing a petition had been set up to have Joseph the donkey - who lives in a field near The Rise housing estate - put down.

A Facebook group, called Save The Brierley Donkey From Being Shot, now has nearly 4,000 members campaigning to keep him safe.

Samantha Thompson set up the page. She said: "Joseph has got a really distinctive, loud eeyore. It sounds like someone is being strangled but it's part of living round here.

"I live practically next to the field and hear him all the time. We've lived with it a long time and you just get used to it - it makes everyone laugh."

Members of the Facebook group have asked for photos of Joseph and updates on his welfare and, a lady who read the news in the Daily Mail, even wrote a hand-written letter to the donkey.

Do you hear Joseph the Donkey? We'd love to hear your stories.

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Reply Posted by Www Wkd on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 14:59
It's So wrong to have him put down for such stupid reasons

Reply Posted by Donkey Lover on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 16:45
Ridiculous! You wouldn't put someone down for laughing too loud, or snoring or what about people with tourettes?! You don't see petitions to save their lives. 

They should just invest in a pair of earplugs if it bothers them that much! 

Reply Posted by Serenety on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 16:54
I can't find the Facebook group.

Reply Posted by Serenety on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 16:54
I can't find the Facebook group.

Reply Posted by Cider_red on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 19:15
its called 'Save the Brierly donkey from being shot'

Reply Posted by Helen Vranic on Tuesday June 26 2012 at 20:07
I live very close to him and hear him every day and laugh cant belive some ppl !! If you dont want to hear rural animals then go live in the city and see how long it is before you moan at the sound of the cars, bikes and helicopter flying overhead all the time !!!

Reply Posted by Lynda on Wednesday June 27 2012 at 07:41
So he makes a noise they should get over it.
Would they do same if he was a cow or sheep or
Pig I bet not x poor Joseph

Reply Posted by Izzie on Wednesday June 27 2012 at 10:02
My GOD, these people want to have a serious word with themselves. 

I'd suggest the donkey is braying a) because he's very contented- or b) because he's bored or lonely. If it's b, then something should be done- otherwise, get a  grip. Animals have just as much right to be here as humans- (I suspect he doesn't make a  fraction the noise these people make). Disgraceful. Get a  life.

Reply Posted by Doddsjacqueline on Wednesday June 27 2012 at 17:23
Come on - you don't really believe he would be put down do you?  I can assure you that DONKS bray VERY loudly, but I feel sorry for him if he is on his own and has no contact with others of his species.  Maybe he is hoping for an answer?  

Reply Posted by Lydiaconway on Wednesday June 27 2012 at 21:17
They dare put him down and I will call the animal wrights law he's soo cute x

Reply Posted by Katierebecca1992 on Thursday June 28 2012 at 14:55
thats discusting, what a poor excuse to kill an animal! thats like saying put every dog down for barking it's pathetic. an animal is just like a person!

Reply Posted by Marjorie Farabee on Friday June 29 2012 at 04:10
I like the sounds of braying.  This is utterly ridiculous.  How can anybody "demand" that an animal be put down?  Who are these people do this "demanding"?  Their names need to be posted so that donkey lovers can let them know how narrow minded and selfish they are.  Geez, perhaps this bring great joy to someone lives right next door them.  One day they will learn that they are not the center of their own universe.  On this planet we share with all other living beings.  They don't exist for the pleasure of people.  It is nature, it is healthy, it does not belong to these selfish, self centered individuals.  Time they learned this lesson.

Reply Posted by Jenny Harvey on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:56
I cannot find the page on face book?
If the people dont like the braying of the donkey its simple put cotton wool in their ears DONKEY'S are beautiful animals and they are just doing what comes natural to THEM Leave the donkey alone