International Working Animal Day 2017

On Thursday 15 June 2017, SPANA celebrated International Working Animal Day to raise awareness of the incredible contribution that working animals make to people’s lives around the world.

Working animals – such as horses, donkeys, elephants and camels – are relied upon by 600 million of the world’s poorest people for their livelihoods. Despite their importance, these animals often lead short, hard lives, with tough working conditions, inadequate nutrition and no access to veterinary treatment.

The World’s forgotten workforce

Look back to the UK’s working animal past

These nostalgic images of London and other UK cities show our streets filled with working animals and highlight the stark contrast between the past and modern day.

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600 million people depend on working animals for their livelihoods

In 2016, SPANA launched International Working Animal Day to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world. Learn more about working animals by watching our video or downloading our fact sheet from the first ever International Working Animal Day.