Protecting working animals in the West Bank
We worked with owners of working animals in the West Bank to end abuse and improve levels of care
At the mobile vet clinics we ran with our partner, the Palestine Wildlife Society, we started to see more and more horses, donkeys and mules showing signs of neglect and cruelty. So we began helping people care for their animals. By 2015, we had tackled this abuse in 26 communities across Palestine.
Our vets were seeing animals that were lame, injured or malnourished. Others had been beaten or had pressure sores from badly-fitting harnesses. To bring about lasting change, we began to offer practical advice to help owners see the benefits of compassionate care.
In each community, we trained a few people who can teach others about equine welfare. They attended workshops and visit communities where our training is already having an impact. They then shared what they learned. Word spreads. Habits change. Animal welfare improves. And, because their animals are healthier, owners can earn a better living too.
Working animal welfare
Many people in Palestine rely on working animals, but knowledge of animal care is limited. Following our training, there has been a 50% reduction in common working animal ailments.