What is International Working Animal Day?

On Thursday 15 June, we’re celebrating International Working Animal Day and the incredible contribution that working animals make to people’s lives around the world.

Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, elephants and camels – are relied upon by one billion of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. Despite their importance, these animals often lead short, hard lives, with tough working conditions, inadequate nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.

To recognise the work of 200 million animals supporting families around the world, we’re connecting you to a host of stories showcasing how people work alongside and depend on these unsung heroes.

Take a tour of a typical working animal’s life in Zimbabwe, and watch this space to learn more about the incredible impact of working animals around the world.

The World’s forgotten workforce

Take a virtual trip to Zimbabwe and look back to the UK’s working animal past

Walk a mile in the shoes of working animals and take a 360° tour of the SPANA team in action.

These nostalgic images of London and other UK cities show our streets filled with working animals and highlight the stark contrast between the past and modern day.

Hear from our celebrity supporters

One billion people depend on working animals for their livelihoods

In 2016, SPANA launched International Working Animal Day to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world. Learn more about working animals by watching our video or downloading our fact sheet from the first ever International Working Animal Day.