Famous voices speak up for working animals overseas in new film for charity SPANA

Posted on: 01 November 2019 by 50connect editorial

New film aims to raise awareness of the lives of working animals overseas by showing the solidarity of our own sniffer dogs, police horses and sheepdogs on strike.

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Actor Brian Blessed OBE, Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, and Downton Abbey and After Life 2 star Peter Egan, have joined together to speak up for working animals around the world, by lending their voices to a new animated film for the charity SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad).

The film aims to raise awareness of the lives of working animals overseas by showing the solidarity of our own sniffer dogs, police horses and sheepdogs on strike. Around the world, more than 200 million working animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants, support the livelihoods of more than half a billion people in the poorest communities. By transporting food, water, firewood and people, they make it possible for families to earn a small income. However, these animals often endure terrible working conditions.

SPANA is a charity that works to improve the welfare of working animals in 26 developing countries worldwide. Its essential work provides free veterinary care working animals in some of the world’s poorest countries. To ensure owners know how to look after their animals, SPANA also provides training and humane education for school children.

Deborah Meaden commented: ‘I am delighted to be a part of SPANA’s new film. Working animals overseas often have very hard lives, but few people are aware about the suffering they endure. They urgently need our help and support, and we hope this film will put working animals in the spotlight, so they can receive the same care and compassion as most animals in the UK.’

Brian Blessed added: ‘I support SPANA’s work wholeheartedly, and it was wonderful to be a part of this new film. In the poorest communities across the world, people work tirelessly to simply put food on the table for their families – and working animals are their lifeline. The lives of these people and animals are unimaginably difficult, but we can help make a considerable difference to them.’

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For more information about how you can help animals abroad through veterinary tratment, training and education, visit SPANA.

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