Tommy Lee Asks Greek Government to Halt Cruel Donkey Rides

For Immediate Release:

6 December 2019


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Athens-Born Mötley Crüe Drummer Calls Out ‘Sickening Abuse’ of Animals Forced to Haul Tourists

London – After visiting Santorini and seeing first-hand the cruelty that donkeys and mules used for “taxi” rides endure on the Greek island, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee – who was born in Athens – has sent Greek authorities a letter on behalf of PETA US demanding an end to the practice.

“I’m honored to have been born in Athens, and wherever I tour with Mötley Crüe, I proudly proclaim my Greek heritage,” writes Lee. “But there’s an issue souring the reputation of Greece that I hope you’ll help resolve: the sickening abuse of broken-down donkeys and mules made to lug tourists up steep hills on Santorini.”

Lee goes on to point out the cruelty of forcing donkeys and mules to carry humans up and down the 500 steps from the port to Firá’s old town – and says that PETA Germany’s eyewitness exposé, which revealed that handlers whipped and hit donkeys and mules with sticks, animals were denied food and water, and donkeys and mules were forced to labour under the scorching sun, haunts him.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – is opposed to speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

Lee’s letter to Minister for Agricultural Development and Food Makis Voridis is available upon request.

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