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Charities Join to Promote Working Equid Welfare Standards

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The following is an article from the Horse.

Four charities joined forces to promote global working equid welfare standards adopted this year by the World Organization for Animal Health. Photo: iStock

Four charities joined forces to promote global working equid welfare standards adopted this year by the World Organization for Animal Health. Photo: iStock

Four charities joined forces to promote global working equid welfare standards adopted this year by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The standards—which entitle working donkeys, horses, and mules to basic needs such as food, water, and shelter—have been welcomed as a milestone in improving equine welfare. However, they are not the law. To help governments implement the standards, technical experts from The Donkey Sanctuary, The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), World Horse Welfare, and the Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys had a joint poster displayed at the 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare in Mexico. The event, which took place Dec. 6-8, hosted policymakers from 180 member states around the globe.

The charities used the posted to promote their message of collaboration and how they can offer assistance to help implement the standards by assessing welfare; equipping service providers like farriers, saddlers, and veterinarians; and helping develop tertiary education.

“This is a great opportunity to work together as a sector to improve the welfare of millions of working equids,” said Karen O’Malley, BSc, World Horse Welfare head of international program development. “The OIE standard is a positive and important step in helping working equids to become visible to policymakers and we will continue to support national government initiatives to make this standard a reality in many countries around the world.”

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