Kathmandu, August, 2016– Animal Nepal today published a report on “National and International Legal Instruments Addressing Animal Welfare in Nepal”, a study on the legal instruments that address animal welfare in Nepal.
In response to the perplexing legal situation regarding animal welfare in Nepal, Animal Nepal decided to conduct the study which aims to identify the relevant legal instruments and provisions at national and international level. The study will also identify the responsible bodies, as prescribed by law, to mitigate cases of animal abuse and to ensure animal welfare. It examines the weaknesses of the national legal instruments as well as the gap between national and international laws in respect to animal welfare. The study intends to provide clarity regarding the provisions addressing animal welfare in Nepal; it intends to elucidate the compatibility, or the incompatibility for that matter, between national and international law addressing animal welfare.
The study is conducted with the hope that it can be of assistance to the Government of Nepal to review and improve legislation; that it can be used as an advocacy tool for formation and implementation of animal welfare laws in Nepal as well as a tool to formulate and file Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding animal abuse in Nepal.
The first section is be divided into four sub-sections. The first sub-section of this section identifies provisions of national legal instruments that address aspects of animal welfare (directly and indirectly). The second sub-section identifies the responsible bodies prescribed by law to address, protect and improve animal welfare in Nepal. The third sub-section examines the weaknesses of the relevant national legal instruments. The fourth sub-section provides a summary of the section while deciphering whether the law is adequate. The section considering the relevant international instruments begins by identifying and explaining the relevant legal instruments; while discussing the instruments the jurisdiction of these instruments in the context of Nepal will be clarified. This section is concluded by an analysis on the extent of compatibility between national and international legal instruments.
Animal Nepal would like to thank Shubhecha Tewari, Animal Nepal Legal Advisor and author of the report. Miss Tewari also works as LLM in Public International Law; Lecturer at National Law College, Kathmandu & Legal Consultant. Sincere thanks goes to AN director Uttam Kafle and President Pramada Shah who was responsible for devising the concept behind this research. We would also like to thank Dr. Narayan Sharma from the Department of Livestock Services and Dr. Narayan Ghimire from Veterinary Council of Nepal, for imparting their knowledge and for their continuous support throughout the research phase.
We are extremely grateful towards Bikalpa Rajbhandari, Sama Dangol and Manish Basnet for their research assistance, Maximillian Mørch for his editorial assistance and Dr. Ram Krishna Timilsena for his useful feedback on the content of the study and his verification on the legal analysis. We would like to extend a sincere gratitude to all the stakeholders that provided the team with research materials as well as feedback on the draft of the study. Animal Nepal is also very grateful for the continuous support provided by The Donkey Sanctuary UK.