Animal Nepal welcomes changes in criminal code


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.

 

Dogs spend the night in Buddhist monastery !

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.