A donkey pulls a water cart in Mauritania

200 million animals

In 2016, SPANA launched the International Working Animal Day on 15 June to raise awareness about the vital role played by working animals in developing countries around the world.

Working animals – such as horses, donkeys and camels – 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.

Find out more about working animals below: watch our video, download our factsheet, and show your support for working animals by updating your social profiles with our International Working Animal Day Twibbon.

Know the facts

Did you know that one working animal can be responsible for putting food on the table for an extended family of up to 30 people? Download our IWAD factsheet and find out more.

Paul O'Grady

“It breaks my heart to see how hard horses, donkeys, mules and camels have to work around the world, pulling carts and carrying heavy loads. Despite how important they are, many will lead short, painful lives.

Paul O’Grady supports SPANA’s International Working Animal Day. Read his full quote here.