The famous donkey taxis in Mijas Pueblo soon won't be able to take people who weigh over 80 killos on their backs, according to a new local bylaw due to come into effect next year after a period of public consultation.
"The initiatives are designed to protect and defend the animals' welfare and improve their level of care," said the Mijas councillor for Transport, Nicolás Cruz.
In addition to the new weight limit, there will be more check-ups and better living accommodation for the donkeys. The councillor explained that meetings have been held with animal protection groups and the owners of the donkeys in order to take into account "every viewpoint".
It is hoped to find a new location for the stables for the donkeys as the existing ones have been there for 50 years and "the rules have changed a lot". The handlers have said they agree with the new rules.