London, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, December 22, 2015 – International animal welfare agencies including Born Free and Asia for Animals Coalition have written to the Nepal government to express their concern about the reintroduction of wildlife gifting.
Born Free, whose campaign led India to ban the use of animals as diplomatic gifts in 2005, in a letter to Minister Agni Prasad Sapkota and Director General Fanindra Raj Khanel writes: “”For the sake of the animals, and Nepal’s international reputation, we ask you to please reconsider any plans to begin the practice of wildlife ‘gifting’ or transfers to captive facilities overseas.”
Animal Nepal has requested the government of Nepal not to reintroduce the practice of gifting live animals to other countries. In letters to the Minister and Director General, Animal Nepal notes that using wildlife as ‘diplomatic gifts’ reduces animals to objects and leads to animal suffering.
“With animal welfare being high on the agenda around the world, wildlife gifting generally no longer is an appreciated diplomatic gesture,” writes Animal Nepal’s President Pramada Shah.