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, 23th November , 2017 – As part of our special vaccination programme, this quarter, our team vaccinated 52 dogs (23 male and 20 female) at Lalitpur Metropolitan city ward no.25 and Karyabinayak Municipality ward no. 2 Fulbari area, Lalitpur district. Our Humane Dog Management Programme was organized with the objective of providing anti rabies vaccination to all the dogs in the above said area.Few days ago,in this area, one dog were rabies suspected.
Animal Nepal Veterinarians Sunil Thapa and Chet Raj Pathak,Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma , Vet technician Gautam Khetri, Kushal B.C, Dog catcher Mohan Maharjan, and Assistant Ramchandra Shrestha worked hard for a full day at the camp.In this camp, District livestock Office Chief Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah and five volunteers were actively involved.
The team was supported by an enthusiastic group of local people. Besides vaccinating 52 dogs from these areas, one cat were vaccinated.
Our vaccination camp was very successful. Animal Nepal would also like to thank the local people of vicinity who were very caring and kind towards animals in their area and were extremely supportive towards our programme. A big thank you to the Humane Dog Management Programme team and especially to the local community for making the programme a huge success.
Animal lover Mrs. Leela Bhatt lives in Dhobighat and is truly a dog messiah. While doing her daily rounds, she came across two beautiful dogs: frisky and friendly Seti and reserved, elegant Panda, who, unfortunately had been abandoned by their owner, near Ujyalo FM building, Lalitpur. “Seti” and “Panda” had been waiting for their owner to return not realizing that they had been abandoned. This heartless move had had a deep impact on Panda especially, as he became snappy and aggressive and became a deterrent to society. People’s general reaction was one of spite and fear and would throw stones at them, which did not solve the problem at all. Seeing them in such a state, Mrs. Bhatt immediately contacted Animal Nepal and we tried to coax them to come from their previous home to our office.
We need to realize that dogs are not objects to be abandoned when you get tired of them. It’s incomprehensible how people can raise puppies only to mistreat or abandon them.
Initially, animal lover Mrs Leela Bhatta tried to intervene by giving them food and love that they so sorely needed. After few months, Animal Nepal decided to rescue them. It was not easy, and even though Seti took to our company, Panda took his time and being so cruelly rejected by his owners had become very wary of humans. But, we are happy to share that Panda has gone through immense change and by giving him tender, loving care, he is part of our family and much happier and social. They are best friends with our previous buddies: “Bangi” and “Bobby”.
In our office time, they make themselves comfortable, occasionally coming up to get a pat from any one of us and quietly retreat to their favorite corners. Their lives have turned around for the good and we are glad that from being so aggressive, they have become so loving.
We are looking for loving homes for the both of them, after all, it’s not difficult to give a little love and time to these beautiful species. They are, after all, Man’s best friend!!