Light­en­ing the load on an­i­mals

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

AS A na­tion we’re walk­ing less to­day than ever be­fore. Busy lives and high lev­els of car own­er­ship mean fewer peo­ple in Britain are choos­ing to travel by foot, and new re­search shows that almost 40 per cent of adults are not pre­pared to walk more than a mile to get some­where.

How­ever, for work­ing an­i­mals in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, ar­du­ous jour­neys are a daily re­al­ity. Around the world, more than 200 mil­lion work­ing horses, don­keys, camels and other an­i­mals must walk long dis­tances ev­ery day, pulling back­break­ing loads in swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures.

By trans­port­ing goods and peo­ple – and do­ing the jobs of trucks, trac­tors and taxis – th­ese an­i­mals help the world’s poor­est peo­ple to earn a small in­come.

But, de­spite their vi­tal role and the of­ten gru­elling jour­neys they make, the sad fact is that very few work­ing an­i­mals have access to vet­eri­nary treat­ment when they are sick or in­jured.

That’s why SPANA is ask­ing every­one to get be­hind In­ter­na­tional Work­ing An­i­mal Day (June 15).

We be­lieve that all work­ing an­i­mals should live a life free from suf­fer­ing, pro­vided with the vet­eri­nary treat­ment they des­per­ately need. If your read­ers agree, I kindly ask that they show their sup­port by vis­it­ing www.spana.org/iwad. Ge­of­frey Den­nis Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, SPANA (the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of An­i­mals Abroad)

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