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For much-abused bullocks, donkeys, and other working animals in India, who suffer daily from beatings and whippings and are worked no matter how injured or ill they may be, Animal Rahat (Relief) makes all the difference in the world to them.
This crucial program is often the only veterinary care that countless animals will receive, even when they're worked to exhaustion pulling heavy loads on the rutted dirt roads of the sugar districts of Maharashtra, India. Animal Rahat's veterinarians and their assistants never ignore a call for help—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Unlike traditional veterinary programs, the Rahat team must travel to wherever the animals have collapsed or are otherwise in need. And that's where you come in!
This hard-working team needs your help now!
Animal Rahat urgently needs a new ambulance in order to respond to an increasing number of calls for help for working animals in some of the poorest districts of India. PETA wants to raise $15,000 to support its vital efforts. Please make a generous gift to Animal Rahat online right now, and help us reach our goal.
Much of India is still dependent on animals for manual labor—especially in the rural areas served by Animal Rahat. And the life of a working animal in India is filled with endless labor, suffering, and sadness. Here's why:Bullocks are forced to haul massive loads of sugarcane, pipes, bricks, and other goods, and the carts are hitched to them by heavy wooden yokes.Horses who pull tongas (carts) are fitted with crude harnesses that are often broken and patched and that dig into their flesh while passengers clamber aboard.Roads are so pitted that the soil almost seems to grab at the wheels of the carts and pull against the straining animals.Donkeys at the brick ovens carry back-breaking loads of bricks piled dangerously high in sacks strapped onto their backs while children beat them to force them to keep trudging along.
From sunrise to sunset, these animals bear their loads in the burning heat and dust, often without a drop of water the entire day because of local myths and misconceptions.
Your gift today will help Animal Rahat obtain an ambulance, which is needed in order to offer urgent, free, quality veterinary care to thousands of working animals in the desperately poor regions of Maharashtra.
Animal Rahat's team of veterinarians and paraveterinarians cares for dozens of animals every day and often travels more than 100 miles. Among other work, the vets attend to cases of lameness, skin infection, blindness, and poisoning as well as injuries from collisions with automobiles.
A new ambulance will allow Animal Rahat to reach even more rural areas and provide the emergency care—and compassion—that these suffering animals would otherwise be unlikely to receive.
Please help sponsor an ambulance for Animal Rahat right now! Thank you.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. Animal Rahat is so often the only source of veterinary care for thousands of working animals in India.Help it reach even more with your gift today!
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