In the UK animal traction and haulage are things of the past – relegated to the heritage industry. In India draft animals play a key role in the modern economy. Aside from their use in agriculture, donkeys and mules are essential to the construction industry. The livelihoods of many thousands of marginalised families are reliant on the welfare and efficient functioning of their teams of donkeys and mules. These photo stories take a look at this industry.
Animal traction, Animal welfare, Animals, Bricks, Building, Caste, Children, Cities, Clay, Coal, Construction, Delhi, Donkey Sanctuary, Donkeys, Gurgaon, Haulage, Health and safety, Heat, heavy loads, industry, Itinerant labour, Kiln, Labour, Pollution, Population, Poverty, Resilience, Sustainable development, Urbanisation, Women, Work