June 2009: Thai TV star and WSPA ambassador for Thailand, Por Thrissadee Sahawong, recently visited the Lampang Pony Welfare Organisation (LPWO), a member society in northern Thailand, to promote the benefits of animal welfare for both people and animals.
The LPWO project works with ponies of Lampang, which are famous throughout Thailand and part of the nation’s heritage. The mayor of Lampang Province, Dr Nimit Jitvasantikarn, joined Por Thrissadee's visit.
Hands on visit
In Lampang, Por Thrissadee was fascinated by the horse welfare work and was keen to learn how animal better welfare, including adequate feed and shoeing, improves horses’ lives. After a demonstration of how to make horse shoes, he was thrilled to try it himself, successfully shoeing a horse!
He also joined the LPWO mobile clinic to visit a village and observe how LPWO’s vets work to help owners care for their horses.
Suvimol Boontarom of WSPA Asia said: “Por Thrissadee's participation will be a real boost, not only for Thais and horse owners that are here seeking a better understanding about the benefits of animal welfare, but also to the preservation of Thai heritage.”
After his visit, Por Thrissadee commented: “I’m so excited and really impressed by how WSPA and LPWO work, because their programme involves owners to improve the Lampang ponies’ lives; the animals now have better nutrition and nourishment, a vaccination programme and suitable horse shoes.
“More than that, the Lampang pony is a part of Thai heritage so I’d like to urge people – especially Thais and horse owners – to pay attention to horse welfare and treat them with humanity.”