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.​​​





A workshop on wound management and distribute first-aid kits

Lalitpur,March 2017-
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.

Protect yourself and your caring dog!! A rabies free Lalitpur!

 Lalitpur, April, 2017

Animal Nepal and Lalitpur Metropolitan city jointly organized a programme on Humane Dog Population Management Programme on the 9th of April.

Chief Executive Officer of Lalitpur Metropolitan Hari Prasad Dahal talked about dog related issues and said it is responsibility of all people. ‘Community education and people are really not aware that dog is a man’s best friend. ‘, says Dahal.

Environment Programme. Officer Pradep Amatya explained about the concept and objectives of a rabies free Lalitpur area.

AN Program Manger Kapil Kafle described the work done by Animal Nepal in helping animals in Lalitpur. He shared some success stories where when abandoned and sick dogs where given timely treatment along with love, they made remarkable recovery.

At Animal Nepal, we believe, education is the key. Since animal welfare is an evolving concept in our country the community and especially the kids still need to be educated about its importance and long-term impact.

We need to change the thinking of the people! The stray dogs in Nepal are in dire need of help and there is no arguing on this. We need a very strong programme to address the stray dog problem of our country.

Social workers from Lalitpur Metropolitan are often invited to the programme where they learn about the issues of stray dogs and other animals. This way most wards in Lalitpur have already been introduced to our Animal Birth Control, Anti Rabies programme and the suffering of stray dogs in general. However, we aim to make it bigger and better by taking our awareness programme to a whole new level in coming days.

Apart from the officials, forty social workers also participated in the discussion about Humane Dog Population Management. There was healthy interaction amongst all the participants regarding welfare for all the street dogs. In the beginning, our major focus remains on teaching the participants about the five freedoms of animals and why we should not violate them. We also encourage them to act on their own and if they discover cases of animal abuse we provide them with a helpline number for an immediate response. LGCDP focal person Kriti Shrestha, AN Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma were also present in the programme.