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Pattaya Daily News

22 July 2007 :: 15:07:53 pm 22364

People Can Cause Animal Suffering

People represent the single largest influence on animal welfare. Animal owners want to care properly for their animals, but often have not been trained on the best ways to care for their animals - or know how they can make best decisions for their animal from the scant resources they have available.
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The Brooke  estimates that around 80% of the ailments suffered by working equine animals are preventable and are caused because owners don’t have access to the right animal welfare advice and information, poverty, traditional myths and even harmful treatments by quack doctors. These problems are not insurmountable. This is why community participation and training programmes form a core part of our work, alongside the provision of free veterinary care.

Through our education programmes we actively seek to prevent health and welfare problems from arising in the first place, and seek to reduce the dependency of animal owners on our services by sharing our knowledge and expertise with communities. Showing and explaining to people good welfare practices is central to ensuring sustainable solutions, and the importance of such work cannot be overstated. Education and training spreads health and welfare messages, and this helps to improve working practices and results in better animal care far beyond our actual areas of operation, in ways that are lasting and sustainable.

Causes of animal suffering?

People in the developing world rely heavily on their animals and yet millions of working animals suffer every year due to poverty and ignorance. Mis-education often leads to animal owners believing they are doing the best for their animals when in fact they are causing extreme pain, suffering and even death.

Damaging traditional practices mean that animal owners often do not understand the importance to animals of regular water, feed and rest. In fact our vets have often encountered the belief that depriving an animal of water or beating them will make them work harder. Over-working and over-loading animals is a huge problem, people in poverty sometimes do not understand that their working animals feel pain. The Brooke works extremely hard to ensure that animal owners connect with their animal and understand that a happy and healthy working animal will be more productive and therefore more profitable for them.

Superstition and cultural beliefs

Superstition and cultural beliefs are particularly powerful in developing countries where owners without access to formal education or modern medicine have no choice but to rely on superstition and myths and ‘quack’ remedies to treat sick and injured working animals. Many supposed ‘remedies’ are barbaric and harmful, remedies might include practices.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Lifestyle

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