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Sharing the Load: A Guide to Improving the Welfare of Working Animals Through Collective Action

by Lisa van Dijk, Joy C Pritchard, Subir K Pradhan and Kimberly L Wells Practical Action Publishing
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Pbk 256 pages
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This manual is written for community facilitators and anyone else who has direct contact with working (traction and transport) animals and their owners, including vets, community-based animal health workers, government extension workers and development workers.

Prelims (Figs, Tables, Case Studies, Preface, Acknowledgments, Symbols used in the text, Acronyms); Introduction; Part I: Working animals and their welfare; 1. Working animals and the communities - who own them; 2. Animal welfare; Part II: Implementing animal welfare interventions with communities; 3. Interventions for lasting change; 4.Facilitation for collective action; 5. Reaching out to promote animal welfare; PART III: Participatory action tools for animal welfare; 6. Participatory action tools for animal welfare; Back Matter (References and further reading)

This long-awaited book will help practitioners and animal welfare agencies improve the effectiveness of their operations both with working animals and with the people who own or work them. The authors have combined advanced knowledge of animal welfare (Pritchard and Wells) and community-based participatory methods (van Dijk and Pradhan) to produce a beautifully accessible and practical book. An essential guide for anyone providing development assistance where there are working equines, and applicable to other working animal species. David Hadrill, veterinary consultant, member of the Board of Directors Vetwork UK 'The important field experience of the Brooke gives an immense value to this guide and makes it a unique read. It is rich in clear and motivating cases that I found fascinating to read. Feedback from real life and practical examples are precious and I would have been happy to read them years ago when I was a practitioner trying to persuade farmers to invest their efforts in caring about the welfare of their animals. Dr Andrea Gavinelli, Head of Animal Welfare, Health and Consumers Directorate General, European Commission
Lisa van Dijk was formerly Head of Community Programmes at The Brooke. She is an animal health and community development specialist with long-standing experience in the management of food security, livestock and sustainable livelihood programmes in developing countries. Dr Joy Pritchard is Senior Animal Welfare and Research Advisor at The Brooke. She is an experienced veterinary surgeon and animal scientist specializing in the health, welfare and productivity of animals in international development contexts. S.K. Pradhan is a Community Development Manager with The Brooke, India. He is a specialist in animal science and agriculture with expertise in participatory development in the rural sector, and has worked with The Brooke in Egypt, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Kenya as well as India. Kimberly Wells is a Working Equine Behaviour and Welfare Advisor with The Brooke, where she facilitates training workshops and provides technical advice across the Brookes global programmes.