Lalitpur, July, 2017–
An interaction with Brick Kiln Owners and relevant stakeholders from Lalitpur was called on 7th July, 2017, where Animal Nepal talked about the work they have done so far in the field of working equines, animal welfare and most importantly introduced and discussed the Animal Welfare Directive; which states crucial do’s and don’ts and humane treatment for pack and traction animals; endorsed by the government. Positive suggestions were taken from the kiln owners and government representatives also put forward their points. All the suggestions will be taken and a plan made on how to move forward for the implementation of the Directive.
AN President Pramada Shah informed the owners and government officials regarding the Animal Welfare Directive and the responsibility that everyone has towards pack and traction animals. “The implementation of the directive will be a challenging task, however, if we unite, we can ensure that the first directive in the world for working animals is effective.” Shah appealed to all participants.
Executive Officer of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Hari Prasad Dahal, promised to work on endorsing and advertising the Directive. Head of DSLO, Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah, said that there are check points for monitoring of animal transportation in the entry points of the valley; the Transport Standard 2064 requires a degree of animal welfare to be maintained during the transportation of live animals.
Brick Kiln Owner Deepshakti Bynjankar mentioned that animal husbandry is, of course, the priority and responsibility of the owner himself; thus, we should expect their support for the implementation of the Directive.
AN’s Executive Director, Uttam Kafle, explained the Animal Welfare Directive’s challenges and as well as its endless possibilities to improve the lives of owners and animals alike. He also touched upon Animal Nepal’s work related to working animals. According to Kafle, ” there at least 495 equines working in the brick kilns of Lalitpur and AN works to improve the lives of these equines in 14 of these brick kilns.”
AN would like to thank Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal (Executive Officer of LMC), Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah (Head of DSLO) and brick kiln owners of Lalitpur, for accepting our invitation, participating and providing us feedback on welfare issues of working animals. Proud to be part of the process for the welfare of animals.
Our Humane Dog Management Programme has been involved in anti-rabies vaccination, CTVT treatment, community education programmes and CNVR programmes to all the dogs. So, on 30th, June, 2017, Animal Nepal team to the field and vaccinated 78 stray dogs in Bhaisenpati area Lalitpur Metropolitan city.
AN program manager Kapil Kafle, Veterinarians Sunil Thapa and Chet Raj Pathak,Communication officer Nirmal Sharma, Vet technician Gautam Khetri, Kushal B.C and Oshin Tamang, dog catcher Mohan Maharjan ,assistant Ram Chandra Shrestha and five volunteers worked hard on a warm sunny day at the camp.
The team was supported by local community people. They were actively coordinating with our team. Besides vaccinating 78 dogs from these areas, some dogs were treated for various skin diseases. Similarly, 8 dogs picked up for spaying.
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 great success.
At Animal Nepal, we believe in creating awareness amongst the young. On 9th June, 2017, we organized an educational programme for students at Future Stars High School, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur.
Future Stars High School Founder Manju Karki Lamichhane and Vice-principal Mrs. Binta Karki welcomed The Animal Nepal team warmly and guided us to the hall where about 130 students awaited for us in anticipation for what we were about to show them regarding welfare for our furry animals. AN Programme Manager Kapil Kafle described and showed them a short video about the work done by Animal Nepal in the areas of helping dogs, making lives of equines better and saving the Asian elephants. He shared some success stories about abandoned and sick dogs, when, given timely treatment along with love, made remarkable recovery. Similarly, Advocacy Officer Urvashi Rana spoke to the students about the five freedoms of animals and why it should not be violated.
Since animal welfare is an evolving concept in our country, our community and especially, the children need to be educated on this topic, as they are the future and will spread the word of welfare towards animals. We stressed on the fact that charity begins at home and how animals of all kinds enrich our lives and inspire our imagination. By caring for our pets, domesticated animals and respecting animals in the wild, will not only maintain balance in the eco-system, it was a sure shot way of showing kindness to all animals.
In this way, we have targeted most schools in Patan and plan to make our students and communities aware regarding our Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme and the suffering of stray dogs in general. We aim to target more educational institutions and take our school education programme to a whole new level in the coming days. We were extremely pleased to see the interest and excitement amongst the students regarding our work. In 2017, school education programme will remain on our top priority list and to achieve this we plan to cover six major schools in one year inside Lalitpur.
We would thank to Future Stars High School’s teachers, staffs and students for giving us this opportunity to share our work; we are especially grateful for the support of Future Stars High School’s Founder, Manju Karki Lamichhanae and Vice Principal, Binita Karki.