Lalitpur, May 2018
What is the best thing that can happen to a donkey, mule or horse toiling in a brick factory? Having a good owner! A responsible owner makes sure his animals don’t overwork, are not overloaded, have a nice shelter, get nutritious food, are treated when sick or injured and get a chance to rest, graze and play.
The equines belonging to Arman Kasgar from Hanuman Brick Factory are the lucky ones this year. Animal Nepal’s Equine Outreach Team recently honoured Mr Kasgar as the Best Equine Owner of Lalitpur district. Each year we select the best owners and handlers in the districts where we work and provide them with cash prizes, feeding buckets and tubs and equine food. The award ceremony acts as an incentive for owners and handlers to treat their equines even better.
The second Best Equine Owner this year is Guddu Kasgar from Shree Bajra Barahi (RM) Brick Kiln, while Rahis Kasgar from Gyan Brick kiln became the third prize winner.
The award program was organized on 12th May 2018 in the presence of some forty equine owners. Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Uttam Kafle distributed the cash prizes and certificates. “The award program is to motivate 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,” he said.
Equine Outreach Program Coordinator Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav explained the selection criteria to the participants and encouraged them to continue to treat their equines with care and respect. Other outreach team members present were Dr Sajana Thapa, para vets Tara Budhathoki, Prem Roka and Mana Nepali, assistant cum driver Ramchandra Shrestha and Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma.