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31 Jan 2024

Factsheet on Working Equids Welfare

There are over 116 million working equids and they support over 600 million people worldwide.
Despite the development of global standards, many working equids still experience poor welfare.
In many countries, working equids, used for transport and traction, contribute directly and indirectly to households’ livelihoods and benefit communities as a whole.
Working animals are crucial for many families in low and middle-income countries, but their well-being is often at risk due to factors such as lack of veterinary care, mistreatment, and poor husbandry practices.


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