Pegasus hard at work
By Imogen Johnson
17 August 2009 15:16
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) wises to highlight the heroic efforts of a small Israeli equine welfare charity in its latest appeal for funds.
Pegasus is a charity run by Zvika Tamuz, who has dedicated his life to helping the equines in Israel. At present there are 36 equines in Pegasus’s facility including 11 horses, 23 donkeys and 2 mules, most will eventually be re- homed.
These animals are injured, underfed or neglected by their owners, some of whom are just children who have no knowledge or ability to look after their animals properly.
WSPA Middle East Programmes Manager, Alistair Findlay explained:
“Sadly the animals are very cheap to buy, around £40, the equivalent of two computer games. Unfortunately most of these young owners have no knowledge of their needs and often simply abandon them at the roadside, here they are likely to be attacked by other animals, suffer abuse or become victims of the heavy traffic.”
WSPA’s support for Pegasus is helping in a number of ways:
· Training workshops for the Israeli authorities in equine welfare
· Rescue, rehabilitation and re- homing
· Provision of veterinary care
· Education materials in Hebrew and Arabic
· Improving animal protection legislation
Alistair says: “WSPA is dedicated to helping Pegasus make real change for equines in Israel.”
“Pegasus has the compassion and dedication, but there is a lack of time and money. Zvika shows untiring efforts in rescuing equines and working closely with the Israel authorities has found a balanced solution to the problem of mistreated equines.”
More then half the world’s population are thought to be dependent on equines for their livelihood. These animals are invaluable for cultivating land and transporting people and goods. Equines in some countries receive little or no veterinary care. They are frequently kept in poor conditions with a lack of nutritional diet and worked for long hours in high temperatures, without rest or enough water.
WSPA works with local animal welfare groups in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America to provide owners with the equipment, training and knowledge they need to care for the equines. WSPA promotes changes in human behaviour that improve animal welfare and increase access to veterinary services, hoof care, water and shade.
WSPA also runs mobile clinics that can provide veterinary care where it’s needed.
To help WSPA’s work with equines around the world, please visit: donate.wspa.org.uk/equines
For more information on WSPA’s work please visit: www.wspa.org.uk