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  1. Tell Eastern African Authorities: Ban The Donkey Skin Trade. Sign the Official Petition Now.

    Tell Eastern African Authorities:
    Ban The Donkey Skin Trade.
    Sign the Official Petition Now.

    Eastern Africa has the highest donkey population in the world.

    So it’s a hotspot for donkey skin traders.

    The Brooke says that donkeys are cruelly slaughtered.  Their skins are used to make Chinese medicine and beauty products.

    Uganda and Kenya have bans on exporting donkey skins in place.

    But we need bans across eastern Africa to stop the donkey skin traders for good.

    The Brooke has a petition calling on the equivalent of the EU in eastern Africa to push for a ban right across the entire region.  This will protect donkeys – and help the owners who need them.

    The Brooke say that at the moment, the restrictions covering the donkey skin trade are inconsistent, so traders exploit those areas where the laws and their enforcement are weakest of all.   They are stealing and slaughtering thousands of donkeys.

    The Brooke is calling on IGAD to push for a ban across the whole region.

    Pressure from Brooke supporters has helped secure a ban in Kenya.  

    Kenya today, tomorrow the world. 

    We need to act fast to protect the theft and slaughter of donkeys.

    Please sign this petition


    Please sign the petition here




    I adore horses, so loved to see the happy horses at Northcote Heavy Horse Centre having fun in their field in the morning!

    The centre is based in Lincolnshire, near Skegness.   Their main aim is to give a peaceful, rich and rewarding life to the animals in their care, and to give them a forever, loving home. 

    They also help educate the public on the legacy and history of the horse, and the impact of the horse on the world today.

    The coronavirus has hit them hard

    Like so many places, they have had to close during the coronavirus but they say the good news is that they will be opening up soon – we all  need to keep an eye on their Facebook page to watch for news!

    This is very good news because the centre needs help if it is to get through at the moment.   The centre was opened in 1988 and it has had many horses and animals through its doors, giving them a loving, caring forever home. 

    You can see their current animals here – not just horses and ponies!  There are also ferrets, pigs, alpacas, terrapins and turtles, goats and birds of prey!  One big happy family, needing help.

     This is miniature Shetland pony Merlin
    This is  Merlin, the miniature Shetland who came to the centre in 2014

    This is Rosie, a rare Suffolk Punch - isn't she beautiful?!

    And this is Rosie, a rare Suffolk Punch – what a beautiful girl she is!

    Ways to help the Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre:

    Kick up your heels and canter over to their Facebook page.

    Gallop off to the Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre's website here

    Images on this blog © Northbrook Heavy Horse Centre

  3. SPANA is an international charity which helps working animals around the world. 

    SPANA work in the developing countries of the world where millions of people are dependent on their animals – horses, donkeys, mules, elephants – for a living. 

    What SPANA does and where

    SPANA treats animals, it teaches the owners about animal care and it trains local professionals and communities.  SPANA works in countries such as Somaliland, Tanzania, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Peru, Liberia, Mongolia, Kenya, and Cameroon.   You can find out more about its work here.

    And they know that from their visits in mobile clinics to out of the way places, many of the animals can suffer terribly from tetanus and they can die from it as well.

    The problem: tetanus can kill

    Just a small scratch is enough for tetanus bacteria to enter their stream.  And then they need treatment immediately – if they don’t get it, the animal is not likely to survive.

    The solution:  to vaccinate against tetanus

    The simple solution is to vaccinate the animals against tetanus

    Introducing Mory

    Mory’s story is typical.

    He transports waste to rubbish dumps in Mali.  The work is backbreaking, in scorching heat and a hazardous environment.

    Introducing MoryIntroducing Mory
    Image © SPANA

    An open wound on Mory’s back getes worse as the cart knocks his back. His wound is the perfect place for tetanus bacteria to enter his body – and multiply.

    But Mory’s owner saw Mory’s wound was getting worse.  SPANA’s mobile clinic was luckily close by. Their vets cleaned the wounds, sprayed them with antiseptic and dressed them.  They gave Mory a vaccine to stop tetanus and gave Mory’s owner advice about harnessing him correctly to stop the cart running into the wound.

    How you can help animals like Mory

    You can help with a donation to vaccinate many animals like Mory and keep them safe from tetanus.

    Please donate here.  Every vaccination makes a difference to a hard-working animal like Mory.

    • £20 could vaccinate 8 animals against tetanus. 
    • £45 ...could pay for bandages, antiseptics and anti-inflammatory medicine to treat the wound of a working animal at risk of developing tetanus.
    • £80 ...could pay for medicines, food and bedding to treat an animal with a mild case of tetanus at the SPANA stables for three days

    Mory says THANK YOU on behalf of all his friends!