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, 15th December, 2017
Animal Nepal organized an education session about Humane Dog Population Management Programme for local government representatives and community people of ward number 23, Lalitpur Metropolitan city.
AN’s Programme Manager Kapil Kafle shared some major works of the organization. He also showed a short video which includes different programme of Animal Nepal such as Humane Dog Population Management and Working Equine Outreach Programme. Similarly, Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma shared some success stories about abandoned and sick dogs which made remarkable recovery after proper treatment along with love.
The team took that opportunity to explain about pet care and overall pressing issues affecting animal welfare in Nepal. We were happy to meet such a wonderful and enthusiastic public representatives. The response from the local government representatives and community member have been very positive, encouraging us to expand our awareness programme.
We would like to thank all the participants for giving us such an opportunity to share some of our work. We are especially grateful for the kind support provided by Mr. Vyukaji Maharjan, chairperson, Mrs. Sanumaya B.K., member and Mr. Harka Bahadur Adhikari, office secretary of the ward. We plan to make our awareness programme the top priority, so a more empathetic and compassionate society develops and are able to give a voice for all our furry buddies.
Kathmandu , December , 2017
Asia for animals conference is the flagship progrmme of the Asia for Animals coalition, which brings together more than 20 world’s leading animal welfare organizations that share a focus of improving conditions for animals in Asia.
This was the 10th AFA conference taking place for the first time in Kathmandu on 2-5 December 2017. More than 400 participants were actively involved in the conference. Animal professionals, advocates, scientists and scholars from 30 countries/territories, were there networking and sharing their experiences with those leading the way in animal welfare and environmental conservation. The conference was hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute Nepal, the theme of the 2017 Asia for Animals conference was “Changing Human Behaviour.”
The programme boasts an impressive list of international keynotes speakers and run a number of talks and interactive workshops, focusing on understanding human behavior and on ways to influence behavior to bring meaningful change.
It was an opportunity for us to share some exemplary work of the organization. President of Animal Nepal Pramada Shah gave a talk about Mobile Treatment for community dogs with community People. Similarly, Executive Director Uttam Kafle presented about AN’s working equine outreach programme.
The conference was a big platform for change makers to have their voices heard. The conference was also an opportunity for national and international animal welfare activist, working organization and other related stakeholders to share and learn from each other.