SNAPSHOT: Ride on time

A girl in Iraq rides a donkey that was saved following a £160,000 fundraising campaign by the World Society for the Protection of Animals. The charity used the money to send a disaster relief team on a two-week mission to restock Iraq's war-damaged veterinary system.

Working in temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade, WSPA staff distributed medicines to veterinary hospitals across the land and to established supply points in Baghdad and Al Kut. Trevor Wheeler, WSPA's disaster relief director, estimated the operation had saved the lives of tens of thousands of animals.

As many families' livelihoods depend on livestock the mission also had humanitarian benefits. The United Nations has now assumed responsibility for the long-term health of animals in Iraq.

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