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  • Sunday, 25 April 2021 FECTU Webinar: Thinking but not Learning: Issues around concepts of sustainability illustrated through the example of working animals
    This webinar is an exposition of the conflicting definitions, meanings and practical realities of sustainability. These issues and some of their profound implications will be illustrated through attitudes to, and understanding of, the role of working animals. By Dr Roger Cutting: Education Lead for The Donkey Sanctuary, UK. Visiting Research Fellow for the University of Plymouth
  • Sunday, 25 April 2021 FECTU Webinar: L'éducation du jeune cheval de travail - The education of the young working horse (Part 2)
    Second part of the webinars about the education of a young working horse (in French). Henri was a school teacher, an agricultural engineer and one of the last cavalry officers trained by the Swiss Army. For 38 years he produced milk on his farm in the Swiss Jura, at an altitude of 1.200 m above sea level. He did all the farmwork with Franches-Montagnes horses, but also bred and trained horses, mainly of this Swiss breed. The FM breeding society elected him as it’s first chairman. He also trained people and all his life he was a strong supporter of animal traction, for ecological, societal and mental reasons. Today his activities still are closely linked to the use of horses: riding, driving a horse-drawn sledge for tourists, giving training courses in logging etc.
  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021 FECTU Webinar: L'éducation du jeune cheval de travail - The education of the young working horse
    Presented by Abel Ibanez Marti who is the president of the Spanish working horse association ANTA La Esteva. Abel is also a professional market gardener who has worked with horses for many years. This webinar is intended for all users and future users of working equines, and we want it to remain accessible to beginners. The more general objective of this series of webinars is to share different approaches to educating the young workhorse, respecting the principles of animal welfare, in order to enrich our personal experiences and give everyone the basic knowledge of these methods. The presentation is in French.
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021 FECTU Webinar: The importance of Working Equids in Mountain Areas
    Accepting the challenge proposed by the Mountain Partnership, the Equid Power Network* ( organised a virtual event to promote the importance of Working Equids in Mountain Areas, as a contribution to the celebrations held for International Mountain Day 2020. During this event, four guest speakers present different case studies from different parts of the world, highlighting the economic, ecologic and social importance and of working equids in mountain areas. Study cases: Case 1. Soil Conservation in Mountain Areas: Challenges and Threats. The (low) impact of animal traction in agroforestry management in mountains. Tomás de Figueiredo, IPB - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança / CIMO - Mountain Research Centre, Portugal. Case 2. Working Equids and the Production Chains in Rural Communities in the Central and South American Mountain Areas. Eduardo Santurtun, The Donkey Sanctuary México. Case 3. The Importance of Working Mules in the Tourism Sector in Nepal and How They Contribute to the Livelihood of Mountain Communities. Hari Joshi, Animal Nepal. Case 4. The Contribution of Working Equids to Sustaining the Livelihoods of Ethiopian Highlanders. Bojia Duguma, The Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia. *The Equid Power Network is a coalition created by: - FECTU (European Draught Horse Federation) - The Donkey Sanctuary - World Horse Welfare with the aim to highlight the benefits of working equids by promoting their responsible use and care, recognising them as a valid, affordable, clean and renewable power source, as well as their value to human livelihoods through their contribution to financial, ecological and social capital.
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021 FECTU Webinar with Tamara Tadich: Overview of the welfare of working equids in Latin America
    Tamara Tadich talks about the different types of work equids do in Latin America, and the welfare challenges they have! Biographical note: Tamara Tadich, She studied veterinary medicine at the Universidad Austral de Chile, afterwards she continued her studies with an MSc. in Equine Sciences (univ of Edinburgh) and PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Universidad Austral de Chile). Currently she is an associate professor at the Veterinary Faculty of the Universidad de Chile and does teaching and research in animal behavior and welfare of equids.
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