Case 313 - Donkey rides banned at village fete


A newspaper reported that council bureaucrats banned donkey rides for children at a village fete because of health and safety concerns.

Panel decision

There is nothing in health and safety law that stops children enjoying a holiday donkey ride, or that requires them to wear helmets to do so.

In this case the organisers cancelled the donkey rides because the operator did not hold the licence required under animal welfare legislation.

This was misrepresented as a health and safety issue in the newspaper report. HSE is keen to set the record straight, and for this and future generations to continue to enjoy the traditions of the summer fete.