Latest Contributions

  • Sunday, 28 February 2021 Working Animal Alliance (WAA)
    The Working Animal Alliance (WAA) is a strategic coalition of stakeholders seeking to raise awareness of the contribution working animals make towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WAA believes that the critical contribution working animals provide towards the life of people is largely overlooked, despite spanning several areas of activities, including economic development, fighting poverty, climate change mitigation and the dissemination of diseases. Worldwide, working animals are very frequently one of the most valuable assets that people own: they facilitate income generation, enable resource provision, allow access to education and further gender empowerment. The Alliance is an informal group of countries, intergovernmental bodies and relevant stakeholders who will focus on emphasizing the crucial contribution of the world’s 200 million working animals towards the livelihood of hundreds of communities. It will take coordinated activities aiming to strengthen synergies across sectors and to support the delivery of the SDGs. It intends to work with countries that have large working animal populations and that are planning to present their the Voluntary National Reviews, to help highlight working animals’ contribution to development reflected in their reports. Joining the initiative is free. More information regarding the Alliance can be found at the Alliance’s webpage:
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021 FECTU Webinar with Joao B. Rodrigues: The importance of dental care for the health and welfare of (working) equids.
    Joao qualified at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (2007), was classified as an Expert in Veterinary Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery by the Complutense University of Madrid (2011), and obtained a Ph.D. focusing on research in the field of donkey dentistry (2013). He was appointed as Professor of Medicine and Surgery of Equids in Portugal in 2013 and joined The Donkey Sanctuary in 2016. Joao has extensive donkey medical and welfare experience in Europe and with working donkeys globally, is a regular lecturer, tutor, and practical assessor in equid dentistry worldwide, and has published numerous articles and contributions to books. He is the chair of the Portuguese Association of Animal Traction (APTRAN) and the FECTU - European Draught Horse Federation.
  • Saturday, 13 February 2021 FECTU Webinar - The education of the young working horse - Part 2
  • Sunday, 07 February 2021 FECTU Webinar: Modern Animal Traction
    A webinar by three of Europe’s leading experts on animal traction which will focus on the use of working equids in Europe; the current reality, challenges and opportunities. Equids in Europe are being used in areas such as agriculture, vineyards, forest, urban environments and other activities. This webinar is an excellent opportunity to explore the of the reality in Europe around working equids. Pit Schlechter starts the webinar off by talking about the current situation facing working equids. Erhard Schroll covers the challenges and opportunities, talking about his experience as a professional logger and farmer using working horses including harness and implements. A panel discussion about the situation, challenges and opportunities facing working equids in Europe with Joao Rodrigues, Erhard Schroll and Pit Schlechter.
  • Monday, 25 January 2021 FECTU Webinar with Ben Hart: The key concepts for training a safe working equid
    Ben Hart is one of the UK's leading equine trainers, with a background in agriculture and a family history working with heavy horses. Ben has worked with horses, mules and donkeys all over the world: from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia. Ben's use of the science of equine behaviour rather than a one method approach has been successful with traumatised animals at the UK's leading equine charities, and his ability to work with Human behaviour has been utilised by world leading animal welfare organisations such as WSPA, The Brooke and The Donkey Sanctuary. Ben's delivery of training is unique, ensuring an outstanding training experience that is enjoyable and life changing.
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