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Help for Horses in Haiti!

A coalition of animal protection groups has arrived in Haiti to aid animals left stricken by the nation's devastating earthquake.

The team - known collectively as the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) - was formed specifically to deal with the Haiti crisis.

The coalition is jointly led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in partnership with more than a dozen of the world's leading animal protection organisations, including the British RSPCA.

"Humanitarian aid is starting to reach the victims and must be given priority, but undoubtedly animals have been massively affected too," said Coralie Farren, RSPCA International aid officer.

The most pressing animal welfare problems will be identified by the ARCH team after meetings with officials from the Haitian government, as well as international agencies such as the United Nations.

Wide-ranging, long-term plans will be drawn up, including options for creating and improving infrastructure for veterinary care, a large-scale vaccination programme and animal population control services.