Ev­ery horse re­mem­bered

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To re­mem­ber war horses in all their glory, Brooke Ac­tion for Work­ing Horses and Don­keys has launched its Ev­ery Horse Re­mem­bered cam­paign. “Ev­ery Horse Re­mem­bered marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, when sur­viv­ing war horses be­gan the next and, for most, the last painful chap­ter in their lives,” says Brooke’s me­dia and con­tent man­ager Jamie Whear. “When our founder Dorothy Brooke went search­ing for these for­got­ten heroes, she found walk­ing skele­tons work­ing as beasts of bur­den, their hard labour keep­ing peo­ple in Cairo out of poverty. Sup­ported by the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic, she es­tab­lished the Old War Horse Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where Brooke’s story be­gan (see box, p24).” Work­ing horses are sadly not a thing of the past. Nowa­days over 100 mil­lion equines are work­ing world­wide in pun­ish­ing en­vi­ron­ments, such as the scorch­ing heat of brick kilns and coalmines, and treach­er­ous icy rivers and moun­tains. They as­sist around 600 mil­lion peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing world to work their way out of poverty. “By high­light­ing the strug­gle of work­ing horses past and present, Ev­ery Horse Re­mem­bered will help to build a bet­ter life for horses in the fu­ture,” con­tin­ues Jamie. “Brooke is call­ing for ev­ery­one who ever loved a horse, don­key or mule, whether as a child or as a rider now, to help pre­vent suf­fer­ing of an­i­mals work­ing to­day. “Brooke’s tar­get for the year is to mark mil­lions of lives lost and the mil­lions we still need to save by rais­ing £1 mil­lion. This will help us reach more vul­ner­a­ble work­ing horses, don­keys and mules.” Ev­ery Horse Re­mem­bered am­bas­sadors in­clude Harry Meade, Al­ice Op­pen­heimer, Laura Ren­wick, Han­nah Rus­sell and Lit­tle Alf the Shet­land (see p170).

Brooke works world­wide in wel­fare ed­u­ca­tion

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