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May 13, 2010

Equine Issues

Humane Society International

In many developing countries, working equines serve important roles as transportation and labor. In some areas, they form the basis of the rural economy. The poorly maintained routes over which they travel, the heavy burdens they are forced to bear or pull, the often makeshift harnesses and carriages—combined with frequently inadequate nourishment and lack of proper veterinary and farrier care—contribute to a life of misery for many thousands of horses and donkeys around the world. They suffer from internal and external parasites, debilitating pressure sores, and serious leg, foot, and hoof injuries.

The HSI Working Equine Welfare program helps to address these problems, bringing veterinary care, training for local veterinarians and veterinary students, and education for horse owners to remote communities. We promote the economic benefits of better care, engaging the community on many levels. Even children (future horse owners) are included through interactive humane education classes in the local schools conducted by an HSI staff member.

Our partner in this initiative is The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), an organization for veterinary professionals who want to engage in direct care programs for animals in need and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues.

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