India is the world’s largest democracy and second most populated country. Many of its 1.2 billion people still make a living on the land.

Of the 28 states, five including Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra have more than 65 per cent of the country’s 1.2 million working horses, donkeys and mules, with the most vulnerable of these working in India’s brick kilns.

The Brooke is committed to making a difference by improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and to achieve this, we have teams in Delhi and eleven districts of Uttar Pradesh. 

We also work in Andhra Pradesh, Uttarkhand and Rajasthan with local partners, GKVS (Haldwani), Shramik Bharti (Kanpur), AVJKS (Lucknow), AWARD (Kanpur), Sarvodya Ashram (Hardoi, Barabanki) and NPSS (Lucknow).  

Making a difference

In 2011–12, the Brooke reached 176,000 working horses, donkeys and mules in 25 districts in five key states (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan).  Our work focuses on:

  • Ensuring that separate water facilities, shelter, provision of first aid, local health practitioners and even road surfaces are available at all brick kiln sites.
  • Teaching equine owners to adopt welfare friendly practices and animal husbandry skills using a ‘traffic-light’ scoring system, with green (good), amber (moderate) and red (poor). We help owners understand what actions they need to take to move their animals closer to green.
  • Encouraging animal-owning communities to establish self-help groups with their own bank accounts, to overcome issues with credit. In Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, for example, villagers regularly pay in small amounts  to build community funds, providing small loans to those in need and preventing owners from falling prey to money lenders.

Read the latest blogs from India here and here 

India at a glance

Population: 1.2 billion
Human Development Index: 136 (out of 187):
Percentage of people living below the poverty line: 33%
Partners: Gramin Evam Samajik Vikas Sansthan (GESVK), Ajmer, Rajasthan
Parvatiya Aranya Sewa Evam Vikas Sansthan, Bageshwar, Uttarakhand
Yuvagram, Yuvagram Vikas Mandal, ‘Akshay Nivas’, Beed, Maharastra
Bhartiya Gramin Vikas Sansthan, JP Nagar and Rampur, Uttar Pradesh
Society for Environmental and Rural Awakening (ERA) Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Sahyog India, (Katra) Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animal, Udgir, Latur, Maharashtra
Sarvahitkari Shiksha Prasar Samiti, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Navbharat Samaj Kalian Samity, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
Vinoba Sewa Ashram, Shahjahanpur and Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
Sarvodaya Ashram, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Social Action For Knowledge Building & Awareness Raising (SAKAR), Bareily, Uttar Pradesh
Shramik Bharti, Kanpur rural, Uttar Pradesh
Society for Rural and Eco Development,(SRED) Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
Arthik Vikas Evam Jan Kalian Sansthan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Sanskriti Samwardhan Mandal, (SSM) Sagroli, Nanded, Maharashtra
Gramin Vikas Sansthan , Raebareily, Uttar Pradesh
New Public School Samiti, Unnao, Uttar Pradesh
Number of working equines: 1.2 million

A mule carries its load from the brick kiln in Baghpat. Uttar Pradesh, India

A mule carries its load from the brick kiln in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, India. ©The Brooke

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