Target: Nigatu Aklilu, Ethiopia Director of the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad
Goal: Applaud SPANA and other animal health charities and institutes for fighting African Horse Sickness
Ethiopia has the largest population of horses, donkeys, and mules in Africa. Unfortunately, it also has a severe disease that threatens the entire equine population: African Horse Disease (AHS). Horses in Ethiopia suffer from numerous infectious diseases and poor management practices, but AHS is the worst offender of them all. Luckily, many charities and animal health institutes have come together to figure out how to put an end to this deadly disease.
Outbreaks of the AHS virus are regularly being reported. According to a report by the World Organization for Animal Health, 15 outbreaks of AHS in 2008 led to nearly 2,185 equine deaths in Southwest Ethiopia. The 92 million people who live in Ethiopia depend on working equids such as horses, mules, and donkeys to help them transport food, water, and people. The people rely on the equids to help them generate income and assist them in household tasks. The AHS virus threatens the performance of the equids and jeopardizes the livelihoods of their owners.
Many animal health charities and institutes such as SPANA and other non-governmental organizations have convened for the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids to try and resolve the growing issue. By coming together to discuss the crucial conditions of the equine population, we are one step closer to finding a working vaccine for this deadly disease. Sign this petition and applaud SPANA and many other equine welfare organizations for their hard work in finding a way to end this disease.
Dear Nigatu Aklilu,
African Horse Sickness has caused thousands of deaths amongst Ethiopia’s working equid population. These horses, donkeys, and mules are often faced with a multitude of infectious diseases and poor management practices that threaten their welfare, but AHS is one of the worst offenders.
Millions of people living in Ethiopia depend greatly on working equids to assist them in transporting food, water, and people. As you many know, the AHS disease not only threatens the welfare of the equine population, it also jeopardizes the livelihood of the people who rely on equids to complete everyday tasks.
Thank you for your participation in the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids, and for all of your efforts thus far in working to find a vaccine to end this deadly disease.
[Your Name Here]
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