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Research Journal of Veterinary Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-10
DOI: 10.3923/rjvs.2013.1.10
Assessment of the Human Aspect Regarding the Welfare of Cart Horses: Perspectives of Jimma town, South-West Ethiopia
Mihreteab Bekele, Bashahun Gebremichael, Mulualem Teshome, Wondimu Zeleke, Desta Goshu, Tigist Mengesha, Alemneh Tesfay and Daniel Mesfin

Abstract:
A cross sectional survey was undertaken from March-July, 2011, to evaluate the general awareness and to assess the most common malpractices towards the sick horses as part of welfare problem as well as to identify the prospect of the possible attitudinal change of the community on welfare aspect of their animals in Jimma town, south west Ethiopia. Semi-structured questionnaire was developed, pre-tested and administered to one hundred cart-horse owners of various age, educational status and experiences of keeping horses. Out of the cart horse owners interviewed, 62% did not have awareness about animal welfare at all whereas only 38% had the awareness albeit not practicing it appropriately. Keeping sick animals with the healthy ones, using sick horses for the cart, hot iron branding as a means of traditional treatment and abandoning the severely sick, were prominent among the most common delinquencies towards the sick horses. Statistically significant difference (p<0.05) was observed in the awareness regarding animal welfare among the diverse educational status as well as between the age groups of the respondents but not (p>0.05) among those having various experiences of keeping horses. After the notion of animal welfare has been briefly enlightened to them, virtually all of the participants supported the idea and displayed their inclination to practice it. In, conclusion, the study disclosed that there was paucity of information among the community about animal welfare in general. Hence, education of the population with regard to awareness creation and application of the principles of animal welfare in the area is strongly recommended to ameliorate the status quo.
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How to cite this article:

Mihreteab Bekele, Bashahun Gebremichael, Mulualem Teshome, Wondimu Zeleke, Desta Goshu, Tigist Mengesha, Alemneh Tesfay and Daniel Mesfin, 2013. Assessment of the Human Aspect Regarding the Welfare of Cart Horses: Perspectives of Jimma town, South-West Ethiopia. Research Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 6: 1-10.

DOI: 10.3923/rjvs.2013.1.10

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjvs.2013.1.10

 
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