Four equine charities have announced a formal coalition to help enforce global welfare standards for horses, donkeys and mules.
The Donkey Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare and the working animals charities Brooke and Spana have agreed the coalition to ensure that the World Organisation for Animal Health’s global welfare standards for working equines are adhered to.
The move is not a merger or a precursor to a merger, a spokesman for Brooke said.
As part of the coalition, the charities will share expertise and knowledge through jointly developed training resources and avoid duplicating effort when working with governments, academics, communities and professionals across the world.
The coalition will specifically focus on welfare assessment training, building capacity in equine-owning communities and equipping service providers with the necessary skills and tools to do their work.
Petra Ingram, chief executive of Brooke, will be the chair of the coalition during its first year.
She said: "A respected champion of change can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to implementation. Our message to countries is let us help; equine welfare is an ally of humanitarian issues."
Mike Baker, chief executive of the Donkey Sanctuary, said: "This is a fantastic milestone in global equine welfare standards. Our new coalition will really maximise welfare improvements as we share our skills, resources and experience."