WHY use donkeys ?
During this century, in Europe and America, machines largely replaced working animals, although it is now acknowledged that it makes better economic sense to use animals for some of the tasks performed by machines. It hardly needs saying that, in weighing the relative merits of motor draft/transport and animals, motor vehicles win on speed and animals on cheapness. It takes only a step further in reasoning to see that donkeys can well be used in conjunction with motors: animals for the shorter, slower tasks in order to save money, and motors for the longer, faster tasks where it is important to save time. In developing countries where fuel and machines are still prohibitively expensive, and are likely to remain so, there are more jobs to be done by animals. It is a little known fact that, in many parts of the developing world, there are today rich men (and women) who first started in business by using donkeys for transport. Donkeys have started many people on the road to wealth. Kilogr