At Randoline, we didn’t wait for the term to come into fashion to make it the primary concern of our work.
From the start of the design of a product, our thinking focuses on the comfort of the animal. And this for two obvious reasons:
The first reason is that of the respect owed to our long-eared companions. In the same way that it would never occur to us to buy a child shoes that hurt him, we must provide our little donkeys with soft and comfortable equipment.
The second reason, for those who have an activity with their donkeys, is their well-understood economic interest. An animal on which a material is placed which does not cause any suffering will subsequently accept it without problem. If this equipment hurts him, at best he will refuse it and run away, at worst he will get injured and remain unavailable for several days.
Historically, this type of question did not even arise. When the horse and donkey were the “engines” on the farm, it was inconceivable to hurt them with a poorly greased belt or rough leather. Because then it was plowing that stopped, or delivery to the market that did not take place. The working animal, at least in our northern countries, was often better treated than farmhands.
As for the controversy over the scandalous exploitation of animals that are outrageously used to work, we do not wish to participate in it. We have donkeys, we hike and work with them. We do not inflict unnecessary burden or injury on them, and during these activities they are our companions and not our slaves. Just like us, they enjoy traveling and observing the landscapes. Everyone who has pets knows how close and intelligent they are. They certainly do not speak, but through their body language they let us know how happy they are to participate in our activities. And we bring them, through our hugs, the happiness of participating in theirs.