What is International Working Animal Day?
SPANA’s sixth annual International Working Animal Day, taking place on 15 June 2021, is raising awareness about the essential role working animals carry out transporting water and producing food in developing countries around the world.
Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – play a vital role in the world’s poorest communities, ploughing fields and delivering food and water. More than 200 million working animals support the livelihoods of at least 600 million people worldwide.
But water and adequate nutrition are fundamental requirements for working animals too. In extreme temperatures and hard conditions, water can be scarce and poverty-stricken families often struggle to provide the food their animals need.
In addition to providing free veterinary care, SPANA is ensuring that many working animals have access to clean water and food through a wide range of projects across the world. The charity is building and filling water troughs, carrying out emergency feeding programmes for malnourished animals in crisis situations, and educating owners about their animals’ dietary needs.
SPANA believes that these hardworking animals deserve greater respect and recognition. And, more importantly, they need our help.