The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is providing funding and practical help to Kenya to manage the major catastrophe facing the country's livestock due to the current drought.
Emergency veterinary supplies are being provided to enable local vets to treat thousands of cattle and goats who are suffering from diseases brought on by dehydration and starvation.
WSPA Regional Director for Africa Nigel Wilson said:"By working with local vets we aim to sustain some of the livestock through the drought. The local people, who are facing appalling conditions themselves, depend heavily upon their livestock, and we are doing what we can to help."
Various organisations are also reducing numbers of livestock in the country, by moving them, and where necessary, by slaughter. WSPA is working on this issue with Member Society the Kenyan Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA).
"WSPA is supporting KSPCA to develop its capacity in the longer term. We want to ensure the increased practice of stunning pre-slaughter to make sure this exercise is carried out as humanely as possible," said Nigel.
WSPA hope to work in the region more long term to help the government and other organisations to develop more effective disaster management plans for future environmental crises.
"It is important that we do all we can to assist in drought relief now and in the long term we want to enable a more sustainable and planned response to these increasingly regular weather pattern problems," said Nigel.
WSPA Member Societies the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) and the equine charity the Brooke Hospital are also active in Northern Kenya. SPANA is supporting feeding programmes and the Brooke is funding work in Kenya and has indicated that it will contribute to a WSPA-led aid programme.
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