15a. Prevent cruelty to animals kept in human societies and protect them from suffering.
If you look after the donkey he
will look after you.
And my pocket is better!
Gamal, brick kiln owner, Egypt
The saddlers I trained are getting bigger orders now.
And the owners are treating them with a lot more respect,
and listening to their advice.
Farid, harness maker, The Donkey Sanctuary Egypt
I love this story because it shows how our overseas strategy works in practice - providing training to prevent suffering alongside veterinary treatments and community education.
Stephen Blakeway, Director of International Operations, The Donkey Sanctuary
If you look after the donkey he will look after you
Thin donkeys struggling to pull heavy cartloads of bricks used to be a common sight in the brick kilns near Cairo in Egypt. With painful harness wounds on undernourished bodies, the donkeys were much less efficient than healthy animals, but poor donkey welfare was seen as an inevitable element of kiln work.
That’s begun to change, thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary. They devised a simple way of modifying the existing cart harness, and their Egyptian harness maker Farid taught local saddlers, who were already supplying the kilns, how to make it.
Kiln owners saw that donkeys using the new harness remained wound-free and worked better. The harness is also more durable than the old type. More and more kilns are now using it.
Recognising that good donkey welfare is good for business, some brick producers like Gamal are also building new donkey-friendly kilns, complete with better stabling and feeding facilities.
15. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.