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Kill your Speed, not a New Forest Pony

Petition to reduce speed limit on New Forest roads to reduce animal road casualties

This is a letter from local businesswoman Adie of "Appetite for Adventure"

 

If you agree that reducing the speed limit must HELP - please sign and share too from the link at the end of the letter, repeated here:  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/kill-your-speed-not-a-new-forest-pony

 

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Dear Friends,

 

My friend Fiona and I have set up the petition "Kill Your Speed, Not a New Forest Pony" and I wanted to ask if you could add your name too. The straw that has broken the camel’s back so to speak, was the death of a beautiful snow white donkey, born in the summer, who became quite the local celebrity. He was called Jo-Jo and was six months old... His mother wouldn’t leave his dead body, they had to chase her away in the end and she is still calling for her baby..... He was just adorable as you can see from the photos attached, living with his donkey family mostly in Brockenhurst and was much loved by the locals and tourists alike. Last Wednesday he became another victim of careless driving and having been hit at considerable speed, was killed outright. I suppose we can be thankful that he didn’t suffer, unlike many other ponies, cattle, pigs and other livestock turned out on to the spectacular New Forest. The real tragedy is that he and his little family were part of a safety/driving awareness scheme....

 

 

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 This campaign means a tremendous amount to me personally. As some of you may be aware, we lost our beautiful family dog Basil, almost a year ago on the 7th December 2013 – hit by a speeding driver. Our vet tried everything but when Basil lost his fight, the vet said that he had been hit at such speed he didn’t really stand a chance. He fought for four long hours, and there is not a day goes by that I am not reminded about him or Charlie talks about him. We all miss him deeply.

 

Enough is enough. Every week the local Verderer reports show animal deaths to careless and speeding driving. And that doesn’t include all those not reported. The more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. The local press are reporting on it now and today Fiona has approached the BBC. Time for change.

You can read more and sign the petition here:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/kill-your-speed-not-a-new-forest-pony

Please can you also share with as many friends and colleagues as you can.

Thank you so much!

Adie

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