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    A foundation created by an Englishwoman after the First World War is providing free care for horses and donkeys in Egypt.

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    1. GV & TOP VIEW Animals and people at the Cairo horse and camel market. (4 SHOTS) 0.24
    2. SV Camel handler hitting hobbled animal with stick. 0.30
    3. SV Heavily laden donkey carts carting rubbish to city cump. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
    4. LV & CU EXTERIOR OF Brooke Hospital for Animals and sign. (2 SHOTS) 0.50
    5. SV PAN Animals in hospital enclosure. 1.01
    6. CU INTERIOR Photograph of Dorothy Brooke, founder of hospital 1.11
    7. SVs Senior doctor Dr. Murad Raghib talking with assistant in hospital beside tray of instruments. (2 SHOTS) 1.19
    8. SV Dr. Murad treating injured horse. 1.27
    9. SV ZOOM INTO CU Donkey with wound healing on its hind quarters. 1.35
    10. SV Dr. Murad attending to another injured donkey. 1.45
    11. LV Animals pulling carts in Cairo streets. 1.55
    12. SV PULL BACK TO LV Brooke Hospital mobile clinic vehicle. 2.00
    13. SV PAN Animals in marketplace. 2.06
    14. CU Veterinary doctor spraying scores of animals. (3 SHOTS) 2.16
    15. CU Veterinary doctor inoculating animal with injection gun. (3 SHOTS) 2.25
    16. TOP VIEW PULL BACK GV Market place. 2.33

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    Background: CAIRO & ENVIRONS, EGYPT

    A foundation created by an Englishwoman after the First World War is providing free care for horses and donkeys in Egypt. Conditions for many work animals have not changed since the days when Dorothy Brooke was apalled by the plight of troop horses sold by the British to be used as work animals. Mrs. Brooke began a fund-raising campaign to buy the 5,000 horses back and horse lovers in Britain were so generous that she was also able to launch a hospital to care for sick animals. Since large numbers of Egyptians depend on animals for their livelihood, prices are high and the animals are consequently often overworked. Cairo markets provide donkeys for the city's rubbish collectors -- the Zebbalin, whose carts take the city's refuse to dumps in the Mokattam hills. Some 5,000 donkeys pull huge loads along the precipitous route to the dumps overlooking the capital. When the animals fall sick, or are involved in accidents - a frequent occurrence in Cairo's congested streets - free care for them is available at the Brooke Hospital for Animals. Under the supervision of the Hospital Director Doctor Murad Raghib over 7,000 animals are cared for annually. Some are treated at the hospital in Cairo, but many others receive care at the two clinics in Luor and Alexandria. There are also mobile clinics which travel around the countryside making weekly visits to markets and villages providing treatment for the animals and advice to their owners. Brooke Hospital ambulances fetch cases from any distance and Doctor Murad's team also search out old, hopelessly lame, or injured animals. These are purchased for small sums, and after a few days of comfort and care they are humanely destroyed. The voluntary contributions paid to the Brooke hospital also cover anti-tetanus injections and other inoculations for animals, and an education service which works to improve the conditions in which the animals are kept.


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