Donkeys carrying goods

What is International Working Animal Day?

SPANA’s third annual International Working Animal Day will be taking place on Friday 15 June 2018 to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world.

Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – are relied upon by one billion of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. More than 200 million working animals worldwide do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis and, by transporting goods and people, make it possible for impoverished families to earn a living.

Yet, 40% of people in the UK don’t know what a working animal is and, despite their importance, these animals often lead short, hard lives, with tough working conditions, inadequate nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.

SPANA believes that these animals deserve greater recognition. And, more importantly, they need our help.

The facts

How can I get involved?

This year, we’re raising awareness about the tough journeys working animals have to make every day. They often carry heavy loads across long distances, in extreme temperatures, with little rest or water.

Compare how many steps you walk each day with a working animal or show you care by pledging your support for working animals.

Watch this space for more ways you can get involved in this year’s campaign.

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