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Christmas Aid to Horses in South African Townships

An international horse welfare charity is rushing much needed aid to Cape town townships where the horse population is being struck down with equine 'flu.

The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) has responded to a request from the Cart Horse Protection Association in Cape Town and is sending £4,500 which will buy 1,000 vaccines to protect township working horses.

Says Ian Kelly, International Training Manager at the ILPH, "The vaccines that we are providing will give these working horses a much greater chance of survival against the flu epidemic, thus ensuring that they will be able to continue their work to provide an income to support very poor families."

The ILPH has just completed the first year of a new 5 year project, supported by the Cart Horse Protection Association, to train scrap metal cartiers in the Cape Town townships better horse welfare. This training takes the form of equine nutrition and management, harness making and farriery.

Continues Ian, "The people we are training are trying to improve their standard of living by collecting and selling scrap metal. They are people with no, or very little, equine experience and the abuse, through their ignorance, that their horses were suffering was beyond description.

"By giving this support in the form of vaccine we are trying to divert a catastrophe by ensuring that their sole means of income is kept alive."




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Updated: October 2005.