A PLAN to improve the working and living conditions of Mijas’ donkeys has been thrown out by politicians.
These latest proposals had included limiting the weight ‘donkey taxis’ carry on their backs to 80kg.
Anyone heavier than that would have to ride in a cart, according to the motion presented by PP councillor Mario Bravo.
Also highlighted was the need for better sanitation, as well as an area where donkeys can run free and even a webcam, through which the public could watch the animals.
But the PSOE and Ciudadanos have rejected the motion, with the latter party’s Jose Carlos Martin, claiming there were ‘no major problems’.
Some councillors had said the cameras would have been ‘excessive’ and used to ‘spy’ on owners.
The parties have instead agreed to set up a committee to look into the matter.
Bravo said: “I don’t care if you have other plans, but at least present something.
“We have had four years of inaction. If you don’t support this, tell us what you will propose.”
Swedish expat Mike Frizell, who campaigned for seven years to bring in new laws, has described the rejection as ‘shameful’.
He said: “People in the village could have stood up saying, ‘enough with this, we don’t accept this any more’.
“But no, they are pretending like nothing is wrong.
“Shame on you all, you are the ones that should have ended this overnight.
“But you all are scared for the gypsy families that own the donkeys and horses.”