ANIMALS: Recognise the workers

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Working animals, such as horses, donkeys and camels, are fundamental in supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people.

More than 200 million working animals do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, helping to provide a small income for one billion people in developing countries. But this vast global workforce is largely unknown and ignored.

It’s easy to forget that these animals played a key part in our own history. From cart and plough horses to pit ponies they were a familiar sight in the streets, fields and workplaces of Britain for centuries.

Many working animals endure hard lives and few have access to the veterinary care they need. These invisible heroes need our help.

I’m asking everyone to back SPANA’s International Working Animal Day today (Thursday). We need to recognise the massive contribution of working animals and ensure they get the veterinary treatment, respect and compassion they deserve.

Show your support for these hardworking animals by visiting www.spana.org/IWAD

Geoffrey Dennis

Chief Executive, SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)