Rocker Tommy Lee Wants Santorini Donkey Rides Banned

Donkeys on Santorini. Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis, via Wikimedia Commons

ATHENS – He’s known for rocking hard with group Motley Crue, but Greek-American drummer Tommy Lee has a tender side for animals and sent a letter to Greek Agriculture Minister Makis Voridis petitioning for a ban on donkey rides on the island of Santorini.

“I’m honored to have been born in Athens, and wherever I tour with Motley Crue, I proudly proclaim my Greek heritage. 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. I visited the island this summer on a yacht trip – we docked there for two days, and I refused to ride a donkey up to the city center,” the drummer said in his letter to Voridis, according to music website Billboard.

“I understand that you have the power to stop this cruelty and make Santorini hospitable to both tourists and animals. Please put an immediate end to the old-school cruelty of ‘animal taxis’,” Lee added after photos showing donkey struggling to carry overweight tourists up a cliff there were on social media.