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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SPANA lights up Christmas for Botswana donkeys

SPANA lights up Christmas for Botswana donkeys
One thousand donkeys in Botswana are to sparkle in the night this Christmas thanks to SPANA and partner charity MAWS

Every year, countless donkeys die on the roads of Botswana, where nearly ten per cent of all road traffic accidents are caused by domestic animals like livestock and donkeys.
SPANA has funded Botswana’s Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) to attach reflective tags to the ears of 1000 donkeys in rural villages.

In Botswana donkeys are used to transport people and goods, pull carts, and for agriculture.  Thousands of poor families rely on the income generated from working donkeys for their livelihoods, but many have no choice other than to let their donkeys roam freely in search of food.

The project aims to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving the animals at night by making them more visible to motorists. Donkeys and livestock in Botswana commonly roam free on roads in search of grazing. However, at night, drivers are often unable to see the animals on the road in time to brake.

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1 comment:

  1. Sensible "light bulb" moment. Good work, thanks!!!


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