A quick and easy piece of handcraft is making the world of difference to working horses and donkeys in the Middle East, so get sewing!
In many countries, working donkeys and horses are injured by badly fitting harnesses, often made out of durable but rough metal chains that bite into their flesh as they work. However, these injuries can easily be prevented by attaching a soft and thick fabric cover over the chains to protect the nose of the donkey or horse. It is so easy and cheap to do but extremely effective.
A few years ago, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) asked its UK supporters to make noseband protectors and as a result, thousands of working donkeys and horses benefited. But those original protectors are becoming threadbare and the WSPA is looking to ship a new batch over.
The charity is urging those with a sewing machine or who are handy with a needle and thread to find half an hour or so to make as many noseband protectors as they can.
“This simple tube of fabric could save these donkeys from injury and infection,” the WSPA says.
For years, WSPA and its partners have helped equines in the Middle East, rescuing neglected animals and showing their owners how to improve their care and treatment.