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DONKEY SANCTUARY BRINGS RELIEF TO STARVING ANIMALS IN EGYPT
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International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary has been working to bring relief to starving animals usually used in the tourist industry around the Egyptian Pyramids.
Following the civil unrest and political uncertainty in the country earlier this year, many horses, donkeys and camels were left starving to death as the tourist industry came to a standstill and their owners could not afford to feed them.
Working with The Brooke and ESAF (the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends), The Donkey Sanctuary established mobile veterinary clinics and emergency feeding points to help ease the situation. Owners were invited to bring their animals for feeding and medical checks, with veterinary staff from The Donkey Sanctuary working with vets from the other two organisations. In just one day, the team of charities treated 338 animals including horses and camels, most of whom were suffering from flesh wounds or parasites.
Rob Nichols, Head of Overseas Operations for The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in Egypt since 2003, providing free routine veterinary care and working with donkey owners to help improve conditions for their animals. People in the Pyramids area rely on tourism to be able to feed themselves and their animals, and without it horses, camels and donkeys were literally starving to death. The Donkey Sanctuary is pleased to have been able to join forces with ESAF and The Brooke to provide food and veterinary treatments to help these animals. Arrangements have been made for food supplies to remain available for the affected animals in this area until the tourism trade resumes.”
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For an interview, further information or images, please contact The Donkey Sanctuary press office on 01395 573097/573014 or mobile 07970 927778
About The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide.
The charity was founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen M.B.E. in 1969 and has since provided a sanctuary for life to more than 14,500 donkeys and mules in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe.
The Donkey Sanctuary supports projects to relieve the suffering of donkeys in 29 countries worldwide, including sanctuaries across Europe and major projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico, where donkey welfare is improved through community education and veterinary work.
For further information telephone: 01395 578222, view www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk or visit the charity’s headquarters near Sidmouth in Devon (open 365 days/free admission).
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