Today’s Cultural Close-up comes from Santorini, Greece, where riding a donkey down the street is still a perfectly acceptable way to get around for a local.

Donkey rides in Santorini are offered to tourist as well, but this experience is anything but authentic! Many animal activists have noted that the donkeys in Santorini work in horrible conditions and are often abused and mistreated by their handles. So don’t ride a donkey in Santorini and opt for watching the locals do it instead.

Riding a donkey in Santorini in Greece

Riding a donkey in Santorini in Greece

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