New regulations professional carriage driving for tourism.
In many places animal rights associations campaign against horse drawn carriages in tourism and call for a general ban. Instead of banning, some federal countries in Germany now passed regulations aiming to insure security and animal welfare. Comprehensive prescriptions are set regarding the driver and the groom, the horses, the harness and the shoeing, the working conditions and the horse-drawn vehicles. Some key points of the new regulation.
Over the last months news media reported about a huge demand from China for donkey hides, which puts under great pressure the donkey populations and their owners worldwide. The hides are used to produce a traditional Chinese medicine.
An extensive report on the issue is now published by THE DONKEY SANCTUARY.
OIE-WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
Terrestrial Animal Health Code
Chapter 7.12- Welfare of Working Equids
In many countries, working equids, used for transport and traction, contribute directly and indirectly to households' livelihoods and benefit communities as a whole. Working equids may be of direct or indirect use in production and commercial activities.
Specifically, they contribute to agricultural production and food security by transporting, for instance, water and fodder for other livestock, firewood and other daily needs to the homestead and agricultural products to the market. They provide draught power for agricultural work and transport. They may supply manure, milk, meat and hides for household use or income.
The welfare of these working equids is often poor because their owners lack sufficient resources to meet their needs or have insufficient knowledge of the appropriate care of equids. Certain working contexts, such as working in construction industries or in harsh environments, may present a particular risk to their welfare.