Noor, an elderly mule, spends her days carting bricks around hectic and hot Marrakech. She works long hours carrying building supplies for her owner Mettat. As Noor ages, her work becomes heavier and more exhausting.
Sadly, in the last few months, daily life has become more than difficult for Noor – it’s been unbearable.
Crippling arthritis has caused Noor to become lame in her front left leg. Putting any weight on it is excruciating. To ease her pain, Noor has begun walking with a limp, only using her front right leg. This has caused her left hoof to grow much longer than the right, which is making walking even more difficult and unimaginably painful.
Mettat hasn’t ignored his animal’s suffering. He believes he has helped to treat it. But, sadly, the oil he applied as a traditional ‘cure’ to alleviate Noor’s lameness only intensified, and prolonged her pain. His ‘cure’ was meant to heal, but only caused further misery for poor Noor.
In many communities around the world, there is no awareness of animal welfare or access to modern veterinary services. So, harmful practices continue to be passed down through the generations. And it’s working animals that suffer the brutal consequences. Eliminating these outdated practices will prevent the agonising pain inflicted on animals like Noor.
Mettat used a traditional medicine, oil made from burning wood, on Noor’s lame leg. He believed it had anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, the oil burned through Noor’s skin. This practice can leave raw, sore burns that increase the risk of infection, putting a working animal’s life at risk.
Please help us stop these misguided practices – and save working animals from agonising pain.