We work with governments

There are hundreds of millions of working animals across the world. We cannot hope to reach them all through our direct programmes so an equally important part of what we do is working with governments and international bodies to put in place policies that lead to improved animal welfare.

Guests at the launch of the Invisible Workers report

There is only so much  we and our partners can achieve globally, so scaling up what we know works at the local level is how we amplify our impact. We do this by influencing regional, national and international organisations to develop animal welfare policies which include working donkeys, horses and mules who are so often overlooked.

Brooke is therefore very proud to be influencing global welfare standards and policies, as well as shaping national legislation that elevates the welfare of working animals.

A group of women sitting on the floor

Regional and national

Brooke East Africa has developed an animal welfare bill template which is now being used by 13 county-level governments to develop animal welfare bills. They are partnering with the national government's Department of Veterinary Services to guide counties in developing these laws.

Elsewhere, Brooke India has successfully lobbied for the inclusion of equine first aid in para-vet training courses in four states of India. Before this, equine medicine was generally excluded from vet training.


Brooke is supporting the World Organisation for Animal Health with technical expertise to develop global standards for the welfare of working equids.

Find out more about our advocacy and policy work.

For professionals

Find out more about our advocacy and policy work and events, including the Invisible livestock conference, our Voices from Women research report and the organisations we work with.

A list of international institutions, national decision makers and implementers, international development and animal welfare networks Brooke works with.