A lifetime of hard work: Plight of working equines in spotlight

By | June 14, 2019
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Donkeys at operate alongside their possessor inward Zimbabwe. © Spana

Today is International Working Animal day, honouring to a greater extent than than 200 meg working horses, donkeys, camels, elephants too other animals who create the jobs of trucks, tractors, too taxis.

By transporting goods too people, they arrive possible for over one-half a billion people inward the poorest communities to earn a small-scale income.

But, similar their owners, working animals must operate for their entire lives, too never larn to convey holidays or retire. They oft appear upwards punishing conditions, pulling heavy loads for many hours inward sweltering temperatures, without vital veterinarian treatment.

Image supplied yesteryear Spana for International Working Animal Day Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lifetime of difficult work: Plight of working equines inward spotlight
Working donkeys inward Mali. © Spana/Dylan Thomas Photography

Animal welfare charity Spana believes a life of operate shouldn’t hateful a life of suffering. In marker the 4th annual International Working Animal day, Spana has garnered the back upwards of good known English linguistic communication businesswoman too Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden, too Irish-English comedian, boob tube presenter, actor, writer, too radio DJ Paul O’Grady.

Image supplied yesteryear Spana for International Working Animal Day Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lifetime of difficult work: Plight of working equines inward spotlight
Deborah Meaden
Image supplied yesteryear Spana for International Working Animal Day Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lifetime of difficult work: Plight of working equines inward spotlight Paul O’Grady too Eddie

Awareness of the plight of working animals is yet real depression inward Britain. New query shows that 62 per cent of people convey never fifty-fifty heard the term ‘working animal’ before.

Meaden noted that workplaces inward U.K. had changed beyond recognition inward the yesteryear few decades – too weather for workers had mostly improved enormously. “But for most working animals overseas aught e’er changes. They appear upwards the same punishing weather day-in, day-out, working inward extreme temperatures too carrying backbreaking loads.

“On International Working Animal Day, delight back upwards SPANA’s operate to ensure these hardworking horses, donkeys, elephants too camels have the vital veterinarian handling they request too that their welfare is improved,” she said.

O’Grady said it was heartbreaking to come across how difficult some animals convey to operate roughly the world. “Despite how of import they are, many volition Pb short, painful lives. Hardly whatever have fifty-fifty basic vet aid when they’re sick or injured, every bit it’s oft non available too their owners exactly can’t afford it. They deserve better.

“That’s why I back upwards Spana, the charity that gets gratuitous lifesaving vet aid to working animals. We request governments too assistance organisations roughly the the world to recognise the massive contribution of working animals too to brand certain they larn the treatment, care, too pity they deserve.”

Spana’s International Working Animal Day was launched inward 2016 to heighten awareness most the vital component played yesteryear working animals inward developing countries roughly the world. Spana has been the charity for the working animals of the the world since 1923, providing gratuitous veterinarian aid to horses, donkeys, mules, elephants, too camels inward some of the world’s poorest countries.

It improves the welfare of working animals inward iii ways: Free veterinarian treatment, teaching too training, too emergency too outreach projects.

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