Mwamfumba Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Animal Welfare Society update

AAA partner group, the Mwamfumba Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Animal Welfare Society aims to improve the lives of working donkeys and bullocks and support their owners in a practical way by providing village community education in harness making and cart modification, ploughs, harrows and other equipment ensuring that they are appropriate for working animal use and the job they need to do. They have sent through an update on the work carried out during the month of August:

"We are educating the village community people, the animal owners and the school-going children about how to care for their animals, animal welfare, health and safety.

We are going out into the village rural communities educating them on the roles of working animals.

Unlike livestock that produce milk, meat, eggs or wool, working animals have no visible output, especially donkeys and their productivity is not usually measured in the analysis of agricultural production.

Consequently, the role and value of working animals is often overlooked by the international development sector and policy makers. Yet the loss of a working animal, or the cost of treatment for injuries and diseases, cause major stress to the livelihood of households who are dependant upon them. Here in Zambia, no one cares about donkeys and they are very badly abused. There is much cruelty suffered by the donkeys, especially during this time of drought.

Donkeys are sick and weak but the owners still continue using them. Donkeys suffer with sores and wounds all over their bodies from using the wrong harnesses.

So, with our organisation being the only organisation in Zambia working on improving and promoting animal welfare and health through education, we are always on the ground helping the neglected animals. The month of August had a lot of activity and September will see so many more activities as we are going out and camping for 15 days in areas where there is a lot of cruelty. About 97% of all the donkeys used have sores and wounds as they all use yokes for donkey harnessing. It is really terrible in this new area where we have started working.


WORK DONE DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST

BULLOCKS

- 07 treated against wounds using iodine peroxide and wound spray

- 43 treated against anaplasmosis and all of them have recovered fully

- 04 treated against diarrhea

- 17 dewormed because they were very emaciated and given multi-vitamins

- 95 administered with multi-vitamins and this is because there is not enough grazing grass and the grass is completely dry and found very far from dams

- 02 had eye problem and treated with eye ointment and they can now see properly


DONKEYS

- 16 harnesses were made and distributed freely to the worst donkeys.

- 141 treated against wounds

- 45 dewormed and administered with multi-vitamins

- 09 donkeys quarantined for two weeks and fed adlib (supplementary feed) because they were very weak and could not work properly but the owners were using them everyday to make ends meet due to drought.

- We confiscated 29 yokes which were being used on donkeys with deep wounds and stained blood on the yokes. It is really terrible and we need to work extra hard with your support.

- Modified 6 carts

- We rescued 4 donkeys which were badly treated and were tied to a tree for over 15 days without water or food.

Donkeys today are surviving on dry fallen leaves and the grazing is scarce.

In the last report we requested for US$ 4,410.00 besides a quarterly grant so as to buy the required machinery so that we can immediately start making appropriate harnesses, carts and other things to “HALT TO USING OX YOKES ON DONKEYS” and improve the donkey welfare and health."

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Janet Thomas