The International Coalition for Working Equids is comprised of leading working animal NGOs Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare and was established to work with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and its members to implement the OIE Terrestrial Code Chapter 7.12 on the Welfare of Working Equids.
For more information and to contact any of these organisations, please click on the links above or contact ICWE@worldhorsewelfare.org
Find out how working equids contribute to the SDGsDownload the PDF brochure here
Watch ICWE’s side event at the UN Water Conference 2023
Water, women and working animals - towards intersectoral, locally-owned solutions
YouTube link – https://youtu.be/Ph6AtBWxz4E
Diseases like Glanders can affect both people and equines
View our short videos on how to protect equine and human health from infectious disease
African Horse Sickness in East Asia
Posters and advice to help combat this fatal disease
Combat the spread of equine disease
In light of reports of outbreaks of widespread respiratory disease in some countries in West Africa (and applicable beyond), ICWE has prepared some resources on biosecurity measures. These resources may be downloaded for use by any organisations or individuals working with working equids where they are concerned about the potential spread of infectious diseases.
These resources have not been prepared for a specific disease and as such the information is on general biosecurity precautions. Where a diagnosis had been made there may be other measures appropriate for reducing the spread of a disease and these should be followed in addition to or instead of the advice below.
We also appreciate that the measures suggested below can be difficult to instigate in many situations. Where working animals are an important part of people’s livelihoods they continue to need to work, travel and meet at some points. Following the advice below and adapting it in the most practical way possible in the local context e.g. by carrying a water bucket rather than allowing donkeys to drink directly from troughs, will still have some positive biosecurity effects.
By highlighting key principles of disease to owners and users of animals and encouraging discussion of how they could implement some of these measures most simply in their day-to-day routines ICWE hopes that the spread of the current outbreak may be reduced.
Download our advisory materials in EnglishGuidance for biosecurity
Biosecurity guidance for infectious diseases
Download our advisory materials in FrenchRecommandations de biosécurité
Recommandations de biosécurité pour les maladies infectieuses des équidés
UK Charities Support Nepal's Equine Owners After Glanders Outbreak
The International Coalition of Working Equids (ICWE) is offering its support and expertise to equine owners in Nepal, after the country's government confirmed the presence of the deadly disease, Glanders, in May 2021.
Equine charities speak up for working animals at Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
The International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE) hosted an event at the United Nations Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) in Zimbabwe last week.
UK equine charities meet in Indonesia to discuss welfare in the Asia Pacific region
Leading animal welfare charities recently came together in Bali, Indonesia to support governments in continuing efforts to improve the welfare of working equids.
UK equine charities deliver training in Brazil to government officials from across the Americas
Leading animal welfare charities have been providing hands on training for government officials from across the Americas on horse, donkey and mule welfare as part of an international seminar on working and farm animals.
Coalition For Working Horses, Donkeys And Mules Welcomes OIE Statement On Need To Protect Equine Welfare In Global Donkey Trade
On World Donkey Day, the International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE) welcomed the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) 3 May statement.
International Coalition for Working Equids Workshop Providing Practical Training in Lesotho a Success
The International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE) was pleased with the success of a workshop they facilitated for senior animal welfare representatives from 24 countries as part of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Focal Point Regional Seminar for Africa this October.
International coalition of charities brings together Commonwealth vets to tackle working equid welfare
The International Coalition of Working Equids (ICWE), made up of Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare, came together for a workshop as part of the 7th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference
Watch the instructional videos
ICWE have produced videos illustrating the OIE Working Equid Chapter which are available in English, French and Spanish as below:Spanish video French video