Project name: Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPA)
Project type: Education
In rural Tanzania, donkeys are essential for many families in carrying food and water, providing transport and pulling goods to market. Yet few owners will ever receive any formal instruction in animal care, so injuries caused by poor harnessing, carts and husbandry are frequent. Similarly, children learn to see working animals for their economic value only, without understanding their welfare needs.
This project supports secondary schools and primary schools to teach animal welfare lessons. Alongside this, donkey owners are taught to construct simple, comfortable harnesses, carts and packsaddles. Appropriate husbandry practices have been adopted by approximately 2,000 women using around 3,000 donkeys for domestic purposes at markets.
Follow-up evaluation of 2,300 donkeys also showed that cases of malnourishment and abandonment have decreased by 75 per cent and there has been a measurable decrease in cases of chest sores, back sores and injuries caused by beatings. The study demonstrated a marked increase in the numbers of donkeys with trimmed hooves and proper harnessing materials.