International working equine charity Brooke has launched a new three-year strategy that aims to reach and improve the lives of more animals and communities than ever before.
Building on the tradition, heritage and outstanding work that Brooke has achieved since 1934, the new strategy will work to transform equine welfare, increase the visibility and inclusion of working equids at all levels, and strengthen health systems to meet the immediate and future needs of animals.
There are about 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules around the world, working to support the lives of some 600 million people. Using an approach based on evidence, advocacy, collaboration and community engagement, Brooke aims to create a world where these working animals are free from suffering and have a life worth living.
During Brooke’s last strategic period, the organisation made great strides in changing the lives of working equids.
Examples include success in calling for bans on the devastating donkey skin trade, the establishment of the first training school for farriery in Africa, and greater standards for working animals and their owners in brick kilns, such as the provision of water, shade and first aid.
Some of these immediate responses include:
- Working to develop appropriate animal health systems at every level – and with an ultimate vision of Universal Health Coverage.
- Scaling up and integrating good practice into bodies responsible for animal health systems (e.g. veterinary curricula).
- Building on its flagship animal health systems and farriery mentoring programmes.
- Stepping in to provide emergency medical treatment where no services exist to reduce suffering.
Moving into this new chapter, Brooke will continue to drive both immediate and lasting change.