15 December 2016

Two million working animals reached in landmark year

2016 has been a landmark year for Brooke, meeting its ambitious goal, set almost six years ago, of reaching two million working horses, donkeys and mules in a single year, more than any other organisation.

Pakistan coal mine donkey on coal pile

Brooke set out determined to reach this vast number of working horses and donkeys to relieve their suffering and improve welfare through training, research and treatment. Its annual reach has grown by over one million animals since 2011.

Measuring the impact of our work is a key focus for Brooke. In 2016, in Nepalese brick kilns where Brooke works the number of animals with eye problems fell by 42 percent. In Brooke projects in Nicaragua the number of severely underweight animals was reduced by 31 percent and Brooke Pakistan reduced by 16 percent the number of animals in their coal mine projects with severe wounds. In the UK, Brooke now has 30 community fundraising groups passionate about raising money for the cause, and almost 10,000 new supporters have jumped on board this year alone.

Reaching two million horses, donkeys and mules in a year is one of our proudest achievements. We’re so grateful to our donors for enabling us to offer support to so many animals. This success paves the way for the future of Brooke. By 2021 we want to reach even more working horses, donkeys and mules in the greatest need. And we want to ensure that Brooke makes a lasting difference to animals’ lives – so they continue to benefit for generations to come.

Petra Ingram, Chief Executive, Brooke 

Farrier in Senegal

Heralding this new chapter, Brooke launched its new brand in 2016, including the new strapline “Action for working horses and donkeys” to create instant understanding of the charity’s work and the role of animals in the everyday life in a world where less than 20 percent of people have access to a motor vehicle.

Brooke appointed five new trustees including three from countries where Brooke works, helping to bring Brooke closer to the communities that rely on working animals. Brooke’s new overseas trustees are CEO of Change Alliance in India, Belinda Bennett, CEO of Emerge Africa Ed Rege, based in Kenya, and Cheikh Ly, from Senegal, a veterinary school full tenure professor. The UK trustees are Graeme Cooke, the UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and former Veterinary Director of the World Governing body of Horse Sport (FEI) and Sarah Arnold, a specialist trust and estates solicitor.

Help us continue to improve the lives of more working horses, donkeys and mules in 2017.

See also

Brooke has recruited five new trustees including three from countries it operates in. The trustees, from India, Senegal, Kenya and the UK attended their first board meeting on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

This year in pictures. Images from countries Brooke operates in.