Nepalgunj, Animal Nepal’s team, President Pramada Shah, ED UttamKafle and Legal Advisor Shubhechha Tewari, along with Liam Maguire from World Horse Welfare, went to Nepalgunj on 6th February 2017 to disseminate the following report: ‘Research Into Working Horses and Mules used to pull Tanga and Buggy’( which was supported by World Horse Welfare).
The objective of this research was to identify the current welfare condition of horses and mules used to pull Tangas and Buggies, to identify socio-eco situation of the Equine owners and their willingness to replace equines with electric vicheles.
This programme was jointly hosted by Animal Nepal and the Quarantine Office of Banke. Variety of stakeholders attended the meeting included the Chief, Shiriraj Gyawali, of Nepalgunj’s Sub-Metropolitan City, Livestock Development’s Officer Bharat Kumar Malla,Dr. Indira Sharma from Regional Livestock Training Center Office, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Yadav from Regional Agriculture Research Center, Dr. Bed Bahadur KC Chief of District Livestock Service, Dr. Ram Sevak Tripathi and Pramod Kumar Khadka from Animal Quarantine Office, Planning Officer Bharat Kumar Malla from DDC, and Shahdat Ali Sah President of Tanga Association. Various journalists and media personals from NTV, Vision TV, Kantipur Daily and local networks also attended the programme.
After the presentation the floor was open for feedback. All the stakeholders found the report useful and informative; all the stakeholders showed willingness to work with Animal Nepal on the issue further. This program also gave a platform for the Tanga owners that had recently been replaced by the electric rickshaws (the rickshaws were provided to a different community). The program allowed the Tanga Association’s President to directly address the relevant Government authorities; who in turn assured the Tanga owners that they will consider their condition as a serious matter and work to find a solution.