Sharing the Load: A guide to improving the welfare of working animals through collective action

Lisa van Dijk, Joy C. Pritchard, S.K. Pradhan, Kimberly Wells

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Promoting the welfare of working animals is important not only for the sake of the animals themselves, but for the livelihoods of their owners. Sharing the Load aims to stimulate collective action among animal-owning communities to improve the health and husbandry of their draught and pack animals, by applying the methods of community facilitation and collective action to the pursuit of animal welfare. Since 2005, the Brooke has been pioneering the integration of animal welfare science with best practice from the international development sector to build communities’ responsibility for sustained improvement in the welfare of their working animals. Sharing the Load documents the outcome of four years’ development of this process and includes field-based participatory methods and tools designed specifically for this purpose, using lively illustrations and text boxes in accessible language on the theory of development practice and animal welfare science. Sharing the Load should be read by anyone who has direct contact with working animals and their owners, including veterinarians, community-based animal health workers, government extension workers and the staff of rural development NGOs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPratical Action Publishing Ltd
Number of pages239
ISBN (Print)978-1-85339-719-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

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