Nearly a quarter of Pakistan's population live on less than a dollar a day (equivalent to £0.63), surviving either by farming or producing major exports such as textiles, rice, cotton and leather.
There are over 4.7 million horses, donkeys and mules in Pakistan. These animals are involved in a variety of work from transporting people and goods, to working in brick kilns and agriculture. The main equine welfare issues include work related injuries, overloading, firing, slit nostrils, lameness, worm infestation, colic and other equine management related problems.
Unfortunately, many of Pakistan's poorest communities do not have access to good quality veterinary services for their working animals.
Animal welfare problems in Pakistan cannot be improved through veterinary services alone. A flexible, community-based approach informed by a detailed understanding of how economic and social issues affect animal welfare in local communities, is also required.
Making a difference
- Starting from a single mobile clinic in Peshawar in 1991, Brooke Pakistan has expanded to cover areas of extreme need in three provinces. The Brooke delivers veterinary and welfare services to working equines through a network of 32 Community Equine Welfare Teams (CEWT) and 6 Equine Welfare Centers (EWC) in 30 districts (Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsada, Lahore, Sheikupura, Kasur, Multan, Khaniwal, Muzafergarh, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sarghoda, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Okara, Nankana Sab, Pakpattan, Vehari, Bahawalnagar, Karachi, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Hyderabad and Larkana) of Pakistan.
- Brooke Pakistan has reached over 500,000 working horses, donkeys and mules in more than 300 poorest communities in Pakistan and trained hundreds of vets, local service providers and community based Animal Health Workers (CBAHW).
- The Brooke Pakistan trains and builds the capacity of local service providers such as farriers, saddlers and cart makers. We also educate government and private vets and train local people to become CBAHWs, lady livestock workers and community livestock extension workers.
- The Brooke aims to influence other government and non-government organisations and institutes to include an equine health and welfare component in their policies that will improve equine welfare and reduce animal suffering. These partner organisations include University of Agriculture - Faisalabad, Sind Rural Support Organisation, and Livestock Departments of government of Sindh, Punjab and KPK provinces.
- During 2013-14, through its network of 6 EWC, 32 CEWT and trained Veterinary Service Providers, Brooke Pakistan provided 299,718 veterinary treatments to needy equine animals, providing them relief from pain and suffering.
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