WELFARE OF WORKING EQUINE WELFARE
1. Researched the global scale of the donkey meat and hides trade
2. Currently scoping out donkey welfare in Tete.
While it's evident that donkeys play a very significant role in the community livelihoods especially in the developing countries, there has been near to zero attention given to these animals in many of the government either production or veterinary systems. In many parts of the country, donkeys are a source of income and trade; they are often used as ambulances for expecting mothers; they can be used for ploughing and recently have been of great interest as food in some communities.
Donkeys are unfortunately either neglected or simply perceived to be hardy and stoic animals and as a result endure lots of suffering from their uninformed masters. This invariably condemns donkeys to the worst level of welfare throughout their lives. It is therefore imperative to draw attention to the plight of the donkeys, to address some of the most obvious welfare concerns and mainstream donkeys in all the public extension and veterinary officers the in the community.
Through our work with the Donkey Sanctuary, it has been showed that the global trade in donkey meat and hides attributed to the Chinese market for ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine has resulted in various donkey welfare concerns especially in Africa with various ethical and security issues in countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Niger, Burkina Faso whose large donkey populations attract trade in donkey hides and skins.
Our Programme Goal
All Creatures aspires to support the donkeys through engaging the communities and transferring beneficial technology that will allow them serve the community more comfortably, reduce many of the animal welfare issues to an ethically acceptable level and engage government in the establishing a conducive policy on draft animals that recognises their role to the country as well as the need for more adequate extension services to donkey farmers.
Specific activities include the training of farmers in appropriate donkey husbandry tailored to existing conditions; the provision of veterinary services for those that need critical care, lobbying for the implementation of the World Animal Health Organisation terrestrial code for donkeys but most importantly advance the introduction of proper donkey harnesses and carts and avoid the use of ox yokes which have negative implications to the donkeys. The process requires the engagement of the farmers and the extension staff at the village level and the district and Ministry at the national level. This programme clearly requires social works skills, community mobilisation, veterinary, agro-business and various other social and networking strengths.
In chasing our vision, with the support of the Donkey Sanctuary, All Creatures has partnered with MAPS to carry out a donkey scoping exercise in Tete. This normally involves estimating the number of donkeys, there geo-locations, welfare assessments and establishing traditional practices that impinge on their welfare.
Any individuals with a great passion and wishes to make a difference to the state of donkeys in Africa or feels that they have the right skills on how donkeys could best be utilised in the communities may contact email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved.
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