Lalitpur, February 2018 –
Communicable diseases among equines are on the increase in Nepal. Dangerous conditions like Glanders, Strangles, Rabies and Surra increasingly affect the hard working horses, mules and donkeys.
To stop disease in its track, Animal Nepal educated equine owners working in brick factories in Dhading district on prevention and identification.
On 18 February, 2018, 27 equine owners working in 17 different brick factories gathered to listen to Animal Nepal Program Manager Kapil Kafle, who briefed them about basic care and welfare of equines. Equine Outreach Program Vet Dr. Sajana Thapa shared her knowledge of communicable diseases and its causes, symptoms and prevention. She also gave advice regarding food and nutrition for the hard working equines. Animal Nepal’s para vets Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokhrel talked about primary treatment and general equine health.
Equine owners Ajmal Khan and Ali Hasan raised some important questions related to care of working animals. The participants looked forward to implementing the suggestions given to them by our team. They realized that that better treatment will lead to happier and healthier equines and better income.
This was the first camp of the present brick season in Dhading. Animal Nepal this season will be focusing on spreading awareness and educating the equine owners on improved treatment of equines.
Animal Nepal warmly welcomes the changes in Nepal’s criminal code, the Muluki Ain, which now acknowledges animal welfare and criminalizes animal abuse. “This is a great step forward. It provides a strong foundation for further animal welfare legislation,” says Animal Nepal chair Pramada Shah.
The Muluki Ain 2016 is the most important legal document after the constitution and is the first law in the country to criminalize animal abuse. It will act as a basic document for additional legislation. In Nepal now any kind of torture or cruelty to an animal outlawed. It is prohibited to beat or strike any animal or give it intoxicated food. No longer can animals be compelled to carry heavy loads or run faster than its normal capacity. Animals that are sick or injured are not allowed to work. Abandoning old or sick animals and publicly killing animals has become illegal too. Any person found guilty of these crimes can be subjected to three month’s imprisonment or 5,000 NPR (50 USD) fine or both.
Those harming or killing cows, calves and bulls receive strong punishment: NPR 50.000 (500 USD) and up to three years imprisonment.
“The changes in the criminal code show the impact of the animal welfare movement in Nepal,” says Shah. She and her team will continue to work with the government to pass the animal welfare act, which the government has committed to draft. Further legislation and guidelines are needed to regulate welfare conditions for specific kinds of animals, Shah says.
Lalitpur, January, 2018-
Dogs don’t always get a chance to enter a Buddhist monastery. However, recently the dogs of Godavari and surrounding villages were taken to a monastery and even spent the night!
Rinpoche Geydak had been worried about the dogs suffering from mange and females giving birth to many puppies in the neighborhood of Shri Singha monastery in Godavari for some time. When he shared his concern with manager Dhanmaya Thapa she knew exactly what to do. She called Animal Nepal.
Dhanmaya has been an active volunteer with Animal Nepal for many years. She is well aware of the importance of birth control to improve the conditions of community dogs. In consultation with Animal Nepal, the monastery decided to support a Catch Neuter Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) camp from 25 to 28 January 2018. The local community was prepared through leafletting and word to mouth advertisement.
Thanks to the wonderful support of the monastery in regards to accommodation, food and logistical support, a total of 79 dogs could be spayed and vaccinated. The dogs were kept for one night at the monastery, and checked upon after release. The life of a pregnant pet dog whose puppies had died inside the womb could be saved. Local dogs suffering from wounds and mange were treated too.
Rinpoche Geydak promised to support three more spaying camps in the coming years. His loving care and support is very much appreciated, as is Dhanmaya’s kindness and commitment.
Similarly, Godavari Municipality Deputy Mayor Muna Adhikari, has promised financial assistance for a similar camp in coming days.
Animal Nepal’s team did a great job! It consisted of veterinarians Sunil Thapa and Sajana Thapa, volunteer veterinarian Samir Thapa, vet technicians Gautam Khetri, Kushal B.C and Sushant Achrya, dog catchers Mohan Maharjan and Ramchandra Shrestha, as well as volunteers Janga and Rebant. Program Manager Kapil Kafle coordinated the event.
CNVR camps are a very effective and humane way to solve stray dog problems in Nepal. Animal Nepal encourages communities to organize CNVR camps, to create a country in which people and canines can coexist in peace.