LETTER: Animal rights

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Working animals – such as horses, donkeys and camels – are fundamental in supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people. More than 200 million working animals do the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, helping to provide a small income for one billion people in developing countries worldwide.

But, this vast global workforce is largely unknown and ignored.

Many working animals currently endure hard lives and very few have access to the veterinary care they desperately need when they are sick or injured. These invisible heroes need our help. Which is why I’m asking everyone to back SPANA’s International Working Animal Day on 15 June. We need to recognise the massive contribution of working animals and ensure they get the veterinary treatment, respect and compassion they deserve. Support these hardworking animals by visiting www.spana.org/IWAD

Geoffrey Dennis

Chief executive, SPANA

(Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)

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