What is International Working Animal Day?
On Thursday 15 June, we’re celebrating International Working Animal Day and 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 one billion 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.
To recognise the work of 200 million animals supporting families around the world, we’re connecting you to a host of stories showcasing how people work alongside and depend on these unsung heroes.
Take a tour of a typical working animal’s life in Zimbabwe, and watch this space to learn more about the incredible impact of working animals around the world.
The World’s forgotten workforce
Take a virtual trip to Zimbabwe and look back to the UK’s working animal past
Hear from our celebrity supporters
One billion 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.