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10.12.2016 | Supporting the Animals at Mers El Kheir Market

Animals' Angels Supporting the Animals at Mers El Kheir Market, Morocco

Around noon, Ali, Habib and Boubaker, our Moroccan Animals’ Angels team, arrive at the animal market of Mers El Kheir. As usual, they first take a walk around the market to get an overview.

The donkeys who live at the ‘parking lot’ for ‘working’ animals the whole week look more dirty than usual – most probably because of the last days’ rain – but they make an overall good impression. When Ali, Habib and Boubaker water them, they are again joyfully greeted. This appreciation endorses our team to carry on despite all difficulties. They also report a positive trend here at the ‘parking’ lot: The owners do not use thin plastic cords anymore to tie down their animals but more soft and broad ropes which do not injure their skin.

During a further walk around the Souk, our Morrocan team is excited to see that the majority of donkeys, mules and horses used as ‘working’ animals are autonomously unhitched by their owners during their wait at the market. When Ali, Habib and Boubaker started their work here the situation was entirely different as the animals were unhitched pretty much never. But our team also spots a donkey who has to pull a cart which is much too loaded for his size. The owner assures that the sacks on the cart do not weight anything as they are filled with straw. However, our team explains to the man why it is important for his donkey to not have to pull loads being too heavy.

Even today our team finds an injured donkey. His name is Sabir. His injury was caused by his poorly fitting harness – like in most of these cases. The owners know about this issue but they do not act accordingly to prevent pressure marks or rubbed sore skin. Ali, Habib and Boubaker treat his wound which seems to be small at first a first glance. But after removing the surrounding hair it emits a strong smell of pus. Our team talks to the owner and together they change the harness at the position that has caused the injury.

At the end of the day, Ali, Habib and Boubaker hand out some new halters to animals needing them most and clean some of the donkeys and horses.