Working Animals this years High Level Political Forum and their role in helping to deliver the SDGs
Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
There was a display of some of the work of the ICWE coalition, materials to take away and a chance to chat with the members of the coalition. It is comprised of leading working animal NGOs Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA, and World Horse Welfare
The event highlighted issues such as there are An estimated 200 million working animals are essential to the livelihoods of some of the poorest communities worldwide. The traditional beasts of burden, their socioeconomic value and hardworking traits are often taken for granted, without realising the long-term benefits of ensuring better health and welfare for these animals.
|Ian Cawsey Chair of ICWE|
FUN Donkey and Mules Facts
- Donkeys do sleep – they can sleep lying down and will also doze off standing up, usually resting one back foot
- There is a tendency to treat donkeys as if they are small horses, but donkeys are different physically, mentally and emotionally
- Sometimes a donkey can have one or both eyes which are bluish-white in appearance, known as a ‘wall-eye’.
- Donkey foals are born with thick, fluffy coats, long eyelashes and long whiskers on their muzzle to help them to avoid bumping their sensitive nose
- Donkeys today come in a variety of sizes and colours, with 186 separate breeds being recognised worldwide.
So how do Working Animals help deliver the SDGs?
|Stephen Twigg MP chairmanship of the International Development Select Committee|
Simple interventions can empower owners to keep their working animals healthy and ensure their continued productive benefit. Community development programmes offer improved access to good, affordable harnessing, hoof care and veterinary interventions while increasing overall awareness of animal health and welfare. Strengthening animal health systems through training and capacity building of government-employed veterinarians can also support the animals on which so many communities around the world depend. Expansion of current policy and legislation and implementing welfare standards would serve to enhance the recognition and protection of this valuable workforce.
- In Mali, the research found that the income of two-thirds of donkey owners was more than three times the average monthly income per capita of US$55.
- In Mexico, income generated just through working animals in the farms studied was equivalent to 30% of the minimum daily wage, plus an additional saving from their use for daily chores and transport that would normally incur a cost.
- In Ethiopia, rural households studied demonstrated a significant reliance on working equids for income and employment, with related earnings contributing on average 14% of total family income.
- In India, a study of the construction industry showed that equid-based income opportunities generated 80% of income.
- In India, Pakistan, Kenya and Ethiopia, research4 highlighted that rural communities ranked working equids as their most important livestock, due to their capacity to provide and support regular
|Danish United Nations Association, Torleif Jonasson,|
The event also had amazing food from the new Peace Gardens Restaurant which everyone should go to for vegetarian and vegan food.