I have discovered many like-minded persons on the Donkey Breed Society Forums, which is based in England. It sounds like a wonderful country, with many donkey-focused humans - as it should be. Along with my extended family on this blog, it makes me feel there may be hope for the world. TJ still doesn't believe any of it.
Last night when the woman was doing her brushing and patting with him, she went to give him a horse kibble from her pocket and he received a small static shock on his muzzle (we have a lot of those at this time of year). I actually feel sorry for the lad. He had a complete meltdown and now won't let the woman put her hand near his head. She's beside herself and feels just terrible. I explained to him that it was an accident and that nothing has changed. He's adhament that the nightmare is beginning all over. He has hardly eaten anything and has the screaming squitters again. Although it was a very minor shock, he says it reminds him too much of the electric cattle prod that was used on him in a former home. Oh dear.
We are also trying to extract another donkey from a terrible home. His feet and teeth have not been done in years and he lives in a pen with a herd of sheep. The owners (jailors, really) feel that twenty dollars is a ridiculous sum to pay for a hoof trimming. I simply cannot believe that there are donkeys who live without deep beds, cups of tea, walks in the woods and night-time snacks. These seem to me the minimum requirments for a donkey. I will lobby for legislation of a donkey bill of rights when I become President.