Unfortunately, but realistically, working animals are subjected to too much suffering and pain in the name of utilization for human sustaining activities.
In Cameroon thousands of animals transport goods to markets, children to schools, water and food in communities. The work they do is very essential to humans. Unfortunately, we over work these animals but do not care about their welfare. Horses, camels and donkeys support the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Cameroon
One of the most famous animal rights philosophers of Australian origin, Peter Singer said: “The time has come after the liberation of slaves in the name of anti-racism, to liberate animals in the name of antispecism”. This is to say that animals in Cameroon are treated exactly like slaves because they are tied with ropes, beaten with sticks and forced to work much more than they can.
As if the ploughing of fields for agriculture is not enough, working animals in this part of the country are also subjected to other difficult tasks such as transportation of goods. Here almost every form of transportation of goods is commonly done by cattle and donkeys. No matter the weight of the goods, the owners of the animals comfortably use theme to transport their goods from fields to markets. Sometimes, the animals trek about 20 kilometers to reach such destinations, with very little fodder, water and rest. The animals carry very heavy loads, such as bags of rice, corn, millet, sorghum or groundnuts, and even clay pots or other artisanal items over long distances.
It should be noted that this area of Cameroon is located in the Sahel region, which is characterized by extreme arid and hot climate: so you can imagine what the animals here go through especially in terms of food, water and temperature regulation.
Doubtless, something has to be done to protect the rights of these animals.
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