“An Elephant Is Not A Machine’ Report vital to improve elephant welfare”

An Elephant Is Not A Machine-coverAnimal Nepal published the important outcomes of a detailed survey into the welfare conditions of safari elephants in Sauraha, Chitwan, called An Elephant Is Not A Machine. The survey of 42 privately owned ‘safari elephant’ in Sauraha learns that their welfare is greatly compromised. According to Chris Pitt, Campaigns Manager for Care for the Wild International, the research is vital to improve conditions of safari elephants in Chitwan.

The survey learns that 18% score sufficient to fall in the category ‘Improving Conditions’; 82% of surveyed elephants live under ‘Unsuitable Conditions’. No elephant qualifies for ‘Excellent Conditions’. Welfare conditions fall short in many areas the main being freedom of movement, shelter conditions, nutrition, health and healthcare, safari management, as well as mahout welfare.

“We conducted the survey after receiving many complaints from tourists and observing the deteriorating conditions in Chitwan first hand,” says researcher Lucia de Vries. She says the acute suffering of elephants needs to be addressed urgently. “In order to save human and elephant lives, and to improve the image of the tourism industry, authorities and elephant owners should cooperate to improve safari management,” according to the researcher.

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Animal Nepal campaigns against birth control injections for pets

No injectionIt seems such an easy solution to a difficult problem: birth control injections for your pet. They are cheap, and unscrupulous kennel club staff come to your gate to administer them, for almost nothing. But did you know that with this kind of birth control your pet has increased chances of ending up with an infected uterus? A  problem which if not diagnosed and treated immediately can kill your dog?

Progestin contraception injections are widely available in Nepal, and often replace surgical birth control. They are cheap, and easy to administer. A research by Animal Welfare Network Nepal found that close to 75% of pets receiving family planning are given regular progestin injections, while only 25% are sterilised through surgery.

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