Man surrounded with camels petting a foal
Man surrounded with camels petting a foal

Helping Working Animals in India

Project name: Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)

Project type: Education and veterinary

Location: Odisha

SPANA is working with APOWA to provide free veterinary care to working animals in rural villages of Odisha through a mobile clinic that reaches around 2,500 animals a year, including oxen and buffaloes. The project is also educating around 1,000 working animal owners on proper animal welfare practices.

A mass vaccination campaign to prevent foot and mouth disease and blackleg disease is also being organised to help keep working animals in the region healthy.

The team are working with interested working animal owners to train them into working animal champions who will be able to provide basic first aid to working animals in their community.

Project name: Help in Suffering

Project type: Veterinary

Location: Jaipur

SPANA has been working with Help in Suffering, since 2015, using mobile clinics to provide free treatment to working camels, replacing traditional nose pegs with humane alternatives and fitting reflectors to camel carts to improve their visibility at night.

Camel owners are also taught how to care for their animals in order to prevent suffering caused by harmful traditional practices.

Thousands of camels in and around Jaipur and Bassi are used to pull carts carrying goods, produce and milk. Traditional wooden or metal nose pegs are used to control the animals, which can result in injuries to the camels’ delicate nostrils.

Road traffic accidents are also common, as camels work on busy urban roads without street lighting.

In 2017:

  • Over 8,300 camels were treated
  • More than 1,200 plastic nose pegs were fitted
  • 1,115 cart reflectors were installed
  • 1,000 educational leaflets were distributed to owners

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