Animal Nepal Publishes its 2017 Annual Report

Lalitpur, March 2018 –
Animal Nepal recently published its 2017 Annual Report. You are warmly invited to go through it and learn more about how we created a foundation for lasting change.
2017 was an exciting year at Animal Nepal, in which we focused on building a foundation for lasting change. We did that through working closely with the Government of Nepal and by putting legislation to protect animals in place.
To improve the lives of working equines, we helped the government draft the Animal Welfare Directive 2017, which legally protects working animals. The directive is the world’s first of its kind, as it’s the first one specifically for pack and traction animals (including not only equines but also elephants, bulls, buffaloes, yak, sheep and goats). It is also the world’s first Directive that is based on the OIE standards for working equines.
In June 2017 Animal Nepal became the first animal welfare organization in Nepal to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Livestock Development. The MOU enables us to work on additional legislation and joint awareness raising activities for animals in general.
One of the first activities under the MOU was the drafting of a framework for a disaster management plan for animals. In the wake of the 2015 earthquake and the 2017 floods, this is a crucial step towards preparing a response to the disasters Nepal faces.
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the animal welfare movement of Nepal, the criminal code or Muluki Ain was updated, and now acknowledges animal welfare and criminalizes animal abuse. Animal Nepal and its partners will continue to work with the government to implement the code and translate its key points into other legislation as well.

The phone keeps ringing…

To improve the lives of dogs Animal Nepal further strengthened its relation with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) administration. LMC governs the core of our working area in Lalitpur District. The government body this year supported our humane dog management program with $5000 and organized different education programs for Ward representatives.
Each year our teams treat more sick and injured animals. This is partly caused by the expansion of our programs but is also the outcome of increased community involvement. Our hotline rings most of the day!
Animal Nepal’s outreach teams in 2017 worked hard to respond to treatment requests. The ‘dog team’ spayed and vaccinated 1105 dogs, and treated 1410 needy dogs on the street and in the treatment centre. Another 2296 dog got vaccinated. The ‘equine team’ treated an astonishing high number of horses, mules and donkeys: 5977. This means a 290% increase from 2016. The team members vaccinated another 949 equines.

Easing the burdens…

In 2017 Animal Nepal further expanded its work under its Working Equine Program in rural districts featuring brick factories, specifically Dhading and Kavre district. By placing two veterinary technicians in Dhading, the outreach work in 18 brick factories could be significantly intensified.
The pilot program for mountain mules in Gorkha district introduced in 2016 further expanded in 2017. Through health camps and training programs we aim to lighten the burden of these hardworking mules and bring lasting change into their lives.
During the last two months of the year, Animal Nepal intensified the effectiveness and economic empowerment of the Equine User Group in Nepalgunj by organizing micro credit programs. The organization further involved in organizing a training for local vets and para-vets on important contemporary health issues among equines. As an additional intervention, a training in improved harness making was organized. This year we started an exciting new project to bringing lasting changes in the lives of equine and their owners. With the support of World Horse Association we introduced mushroom farming for the women of Himrinya village of Banke district. We strongly believe in the interrelationship between the welfare of equines and the economic status of their owners!

After the floods…

After Nepal was hit by disastrous floods in August, which killed 143, affected 1.7 million, and forced around 461,000 out of their homes, Animal Nepal, with financial support of The Donkey Sanctuary, sent a rapid response team to the affected six districts. The team worked in close collaboration with the district Livestock Service Offices and the Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA) and managed to treat and vaccinate more than 2,000 affected livestock.
In order to change people’s hearts and minds for the benefit of animals, Animal Nepal together with Radio Annapurna organized 40 special radio programs called Ahimsa (nonviolence). These regular airwaves are becoming an effective tool to create awareness on humane dog management and to engage government authorities, local people, and other concerned authorities in our regular activities.
AN Founder President Pramada Shah said,”I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Government of Nepal, our loyal donors and supporters, the community members we work with and last but not the least Animal Nepal’s wonderful management and outreach teams for their support in our work.” You can download the full report here.

Stopping communicable disease in its track

Lalitpur, February 2018 –

Communicable diseases among equines are on the increase in Nepal. Dangerous conditions like Glanders, Strangles, Rabies and Surra increasingly affect the hard working horses, mules and donkeys.

To stop disease in its track, Animal Nepal educated equine owners working in brick factories in Dhading district on prevention and identification.

On 18 February, 2018, 27 equine owners working in 17 different brick factories gathered to listen to Animal Nepal Program Manager Kapil Kafle, who briefed them about basic care and welfare of equines. Equine Outreach Program Vet Dr. Sajana Thapa shared her knowledge of communicable diseases and its causes, symptoms and prevention. She also gave advice regarding food and nutrition for the hard working equines. Animal Nepal’s para vets Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokhrel talked about primary treatment and general equine health.

Equine owners Ajmal Khan and Ali Hasan raised some important questions related to care of working animals. The participants looked forward to implementing the suggestions given to them by our team. They realized that that better treatment will lead to happier and healthier equines and better income.

This was the first camp of the present brick season in Dhading. Animal Nepal this season will be focusing on spreading awareness and educating the equine owners on improved treatment of equines.



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.