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.
Lalitpur, October, 2017
Animal Nepal organized a three days training about ‘equine welfare and their management’ for final year veterinary students from Himalayan college of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) during 13 – 15 October 2017.
The training was focus on welfare of working equines, approaches to handle equines and common problems seen among working equines in the context of Nepal.
The main objective of training was to make the vet students familiar with equines, equine welfare, equine handling and commonly seen problems.
On the first day of the training, Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav and Dr. Sajana Thapa introduced Animal Nepal, need and importance to insure welfare of working equines in the context of Nepal and some tips about equine handling.
On the second day, our team including Dr. Atish, Dr. Sajana, vet technicians Santosh Gautam, Tara Budhathoki, Mana Nepali, Prem Rokka and Sijan Pokharel exchanged knowledge and experience related to their field work.
As this was a hands-on training, they got a chance to examine the animals and observe them in close quarters and to participate in every activity.
On the closing day, Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Mr. Uttam Kafle distributed certificate to all participatnts.
Our best wishes to all the participants.
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.