Saving the Slumdog Donkeys

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Even as India tries to develop a 21st century economy, much of the work uses methods going back thousands of years. For the poverty-stricken slum-dwellers in Delhi – the so-called “slumdogs” – the donkey is their work machine. These beasts of burden are forced to work 8-hour days and 7-day weeks, carrying bricks for India’s booming construction industry. But the donkeys are often literally worked to death. Jean and Bob Harrison, an eccentric British couple, want to change these ancient attitudes toward the welfare of these animals, and so they travel to India on an improbable mission.

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