ICWE

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

How working equids contribute to the SDGs

Find out how working equids contribute to the SDGs

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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.

Press Releases

Need To Protect Equine Welfare In Global Donkey Trade

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.

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Coalition

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.

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Commonwealth Vets

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

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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