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In 2011 there were an estimated 112 million working equine animals in the world, with 43 million donkeys, 11 million mules, and 58 million horses.i The large majority of these animals live in developing countries and provide daily support to hundreds of millions of poor households by doing a wide range of work in both urban and rural areas.
Following the devastating floods in Pakistan a year ago, animal welfare organization the Brooke, is continuing to help working horses, donkeys and mules, as they play a vital role in rebuilding the country.
The Brooke treated more than 10,000 equine animals in the immediate aftermath of the floods and provided fodder, drinking water, veterinary treatment and vaccinations – safeguarding people’s livelihoods for the future. Most animals were suffering from hunger, dehydration, stress, respiratory disorders, skin and foot problems.