Call for papers -Special Issue

Health and Welfare of Working Horses, Donkeys and Mules

Final Submission deadline: 30 June 2022

The aim of this special issue is to highlight the fundamental role working equids have in strengthening human livelihoods and improving the resilience capacity of communities, through their contribution to economic, environmental, and social capital.

Donkeys, horses and mules facilitate access to vital resources including water and health care. Furthermore, their use in traction, cargo and transportation can be regarded as a significant clean and renewable energy resource, providing a wider, systemic contribution to the sustainability of agroforestry-based economies in a wide variety of ecosystems, such as the mountain areas.

Despite having multiple roles, these animals are largely disregarded, predominantly ignored by decision and policy-makers, and seemingly by the scientific community, given the minimal number of peer-reviewed publications focused on health and welfare of working donkeys and mules, especially when compared with research focused on other type of equids.

New studies and findings focused on the health, welfare and population dynamics of working horses, donkeys and mules will undoubtedly impact positively on the future of these animals, cementing their contribution to human health and livelihood. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to gather in one publication the most recent advances in this field. Contribution of research papers, literature reviews, and case reports are welcome.

Guest Editorial Team

Dr. Joao B Rodrigues - Research and Operational Support Department, The Donkey Sanctuary.

Dr. Fiona Cooke - Research and Operational Support Department, The Donkey Sanctuary.

Dr. Rebekah Sullivan - Veterinary and Research and Operational Support Department, The Donkey Sanctuary.

Dr. Eduardo Santurtun -  Latin America and the Caribbean Office, The Donkey Sanctuary. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

Dr. Tamara Tadich – Universidad Austral de Chile


Final Submission deadline: 30 June 2022

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