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.
Animal Nepal organized Best Equine owner Award- 2073 and Best Equine handler Award-2073 distribution programme on 11th and 17th May 2017 respectively.
Mumtaj Kasgar, won the title of Best Equine owner Award from Santaneshwor Brick kiln Lalitpur. Similarly 2nd prize winner: Muktaj Kasgar from Shree Bajra Barahi (RM) Brick Kiln and 3rd prize winner Rayman Kasgar from Shree no 1 Brick kiln. They received food for their equines, a tub and bucket to feed them from and nominal cash prize. 37 equine owners participated enthusiastically in the programme. Animal Nepal really hopes that this works as a small incentive for all equine owners to treat their working animals even better.
Similarly, in our equine handler programme; Manoj Sonkhar won the title of Best Equine handler Award 2073. Esrad Kasgar and Prakash Poudel won 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. 27 young equine handlers attended the programme. They are extremely hard- working people who work earnestly at their job with their only friends, the hard-working equines! After the prize distribution, Animal Nepal showed them a movie “Tahaana” about a relationship between a boy and his mule. A little show of appreciation to these handlers at the end of the season!! The participants watched it with great interest.
According to AN Executive Director Uttam Kafle, “This programme is to motivate all the participants to treat their hard working equines even better and more importantly to spread the message of welfare for these animals in such a harsh environment”. Equine Outreach Programme Coordinator Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav also explained the winning criteria to all participants and encouraged them to continue with their good work.
President Pramada Shah, Programme Manager Kapil Kafle, Advocacy Office Urvashi Rana, Equine Outreach Programme Coordinator Dr.Atish Kumar Yadav and the rest of the team distributed the cash prizes and certificate to them.
Animal Nepal team member Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma,Vet Sajana Thapa, Para vets Tara Budhathoki, Santosh Pokhrel and Mana Nepali, caretaker Santa Bahadur Shrestha were all present in the programme.
On a rainy Saturday on 22nd April 2017, Animal Nepal arranged a workshop on Wound Management and to distribute first-aid kits to relevant stakeholders/equine owners at Godawari Donkey Sanctuary, Lalitpur.
AN Executive Director Uttam Kafle discussed about equine health care and basic treatment of wounds and injury. He explained that by providing substantial food, drinking water, adequate rest time, and proper shelter would definitely result in better performance by the equines. The programme was informative and beneficial.
Our Equine outreach Programme Co-ordinator Dr Atish Yadav and vet Sajana Thapa shared ideas about wound management and imparted knowledge with the equine owners.
Interact with the equine owners on the importance of keeping the sick equines separately, an isolation unit for the sick and wounded equines should be set up with appropriate situation. Equine owner Shaized Kasgar explained that Animal Nepal’s support has always been consistent and continuous in the field of equine welfare. Similarly, Abdul Hassian told the every owner’s concern how to save animals from wound and injury but their careless already delete of mind.
The programme was conducted inside a donkey isolation home as it was raining. We found that the participants were still enthusiastic and enjoyed the programme.
Programme manager Kapil Kaphle briefed the owners regarding the wound management programme and the benefits of the programme.
We were pleased to see the interest and excitement amongst the 27 equine owners regarding our work. The participants were very interested. They realized that a healthy equine would be beneficial for everyone’s individual interest.
Equine owners were happy and receptive with the knowledge provided. They realized that a woundless leads to a healthier equine.
Next, Dr. Atish and his team exhibiting how to use First Aid Kits to injured equines as demonstration. Unfortunately, some equines may be suffering from wound. “When the equine suffering from wound by any reason or injury, immediately used to practice of first aid treatments simple way of method.” said Dr.Atish Yadav.
Similarly, our team distributed First Aid Kits to them each other. First Aid Kits for the equines to each of the equine owner to encourage them to be able to treat their working equines for small infection and injuries. First Aid and timely treatment can save lives of many animals. We realized that equine owners can handle several cases of minor wounds and injuries.
We are sure that this will be very helpful for the working equines in emergency.
Animal Nepal team member Para vets Tara Budhathoki, Santosh Gautam and Mana Nepali were also present and talked about equine healthcare. Journalist Puspajyoti Dhungana,Care taker Santa Bahadur Shrestha and Masini Maya Shrestha also participated, Tsering Sherpa students from St. Xavier were the enthusiastic participants in this programme.
Our work, this season will be focusing on mobile clinics, organizing workshops for the equine owners and handlers, implementing education and evidence based outreach. Animal Nepal strives to for a healthy equine population.
At Animal Nepal we believe, interaction is the key!! We would like to thank The Donkey Sanctuary for their support.