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SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) was set up in 1923 by British mother and daughter Kate and Nina Hosali, who travelled to north Africa.

They were shocked by the mistreatment and poor welfare standards working horses, donkeys and mules endured, and campaigned tirelessly to set up SPANA on their return.

SPANA runs long-term veterinary and education programmes in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Mali, Mauritania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, providing free treatment for sick and injured working animals.

The charity was chosen to be Horse & Hound’s first official charity of the year in April 2014. During the campaign, Horse & Hound staff have seen first-hand the vital work this charity undertakes in Morocco and Ethopia. These experiences have been shared with readers through the magazine and website. Read Horse & Hound’s insights into the charity’s work and the challenges it faces below.

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To mark International Working Animal Day today (15 June 2017), SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) takes a look back at the role they played in British society — and the plight of working animals around the world today

A rider from Birmingham is taking part in the toughest footrace on earth to raise funds for SPANA. Rebecca Drackley, 37, begins the ultra-marathon on Friday (8 April) and over six days will cover 156 miles of the Sahara desert in temperatures up to 48C. The rules of the race…