With no specific animal protection laws, animal welfare is a very new concept in Sierra Leone. Working animals are often taken for granted, despite the livelihood of many families depending on their crucial work. That’s why SPANA’s animal welfare education lessons are helping children and communities to nurture respect for the nation’s animals.
Sierra Leone at a glance
Population: 7.9 million
Area: 71,740 square km
Location: West Africa
Capital city: Freetown
Estimated number of working horses: 446,049
Number of animal owners trained in 2021: 300
Number of veterinary professionals trained in 2021: 28
Number of children receiving humane education in 2021: 7,500
Our work in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, we provide essential training to show local communities how to care properly for the wellbeing and welfare of their animals.
Our animal welfare lessons – the only school-based humane education programme in Sierra Leone – aim to protect the welfare of animals by helping children gain a better understanding of animals’ needs. Thousands of children are taking part in our education programme each year through animal welfare clubs and school assemblies.