Donkey rides on British beaches could end after one business owner spoke of attacks from teenagers against the popular seaside animals.
John Nuttall said his donkeys, which offer rides for children at Cleethorpes beach in North East Lincolnshire, have been "kicked in the face, put in headlocks and hit with wood" as they rest in a nearby field.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Nuttall said: "A lady was walking her dog across the park, where the donkeys are, and she saw these two young lads kicking the donkeys in the face.
"The donkeys had put their heads through the fence thinking they were getting a treat, but instead they got a kicking.
"Donkeys don't hurt anybody. I don't know how anyone can do such a thing."
The Nuttall family, which owns 16 donkeys and have been offering summer rides for three generations, are thinking of closing their business.
According to the Express, the family says their donkeys have been repeatedly attacked as they rest in a field overnight.
Mr Nuttall tells of how two donkeys, Banjo and Dudley, had their heads pulled through a fence and held in headlocks as two teenage thugs took turns in kicking them in the face.
North East Lincolnshire Council said it was "absolutely disgusted" by people harming the animals.
Mr Nuttall said he will continue to offer the rides until the end of the summer season and assess the situation. He added that he was "thinking of investing in CCTV cameras".
"It's not fair on the donkeys to put them through it. Their welfare comes first."
Donkey rides on the British seaside dates back to Victorian times and is a tradition still found on beaches including Broadstairs, Margate, Llandudno and Blackpool.
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