Working animals – such as horses, donkeys and camels – are relied upon by one billion of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. More than 200 million working animals worldwide do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis and, by transporting goods and people, make it possible for impoverished families to earn a living.
• There are at least 200 million working animals in developing countries worldwide
• Working animals such as horses, donkeys and camels do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis
• They are vitally important – One billion of the world’s poorest people depend entirely on these animals for their livelihoods
• One working animal can be responsible for putting food on the table for an extended family of up to 30 people
• But there is often no veterinary treatment available for working animals when they are sick or injured, or their owners simply can’t afford to pay for it
• That’s where SPANA comes in, providing free veterinary treatment to working animals in developing countries throughout the world
• Last year, SPANA provided over 200,000 veterinary treatments to working animals
• More than 70,000 schoolchildren took part in SPANA’s education programmes last year
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TV star Paul O’Grady said: “It breaks my heart to see how hard horses, donkeys, mules and camels have to work around the world, pulling carts and carrying heavy loads. Despite how important they are, many will lead short, painful lives. Hardly any receive even basic vet care when they’re sick or injured, as it’s often not available and their owners simply can’t afford it. They deserve better.
“That’s why I support SPANA, the charity that gets free lifesaving vet care to working animals. Today I’m asking you to join me in backing SPANA’s International Working Animal Day. We need governments and aid organisations around the world to recognise the massive contribution of working animals and to make sure they get the treatment, care and compassion they deserve.”
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