Kathmandu, October 4, 2013 – Today World Animal Day was celebrated in style with a Walk for Animals. Organised by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN), the walkathon attracted over 200 participants. While raising funds for Animal Nepal’s outreach work, the participants called for a halt to animal cruelty in Nepal.
The walk was from Basantapur Durbar Square to Patan Durbar Square, a distance of 6.5 km. Despite the drizzling rain, the participants had fun showing their playcards and shouting slogans.
AWNN awarded four persons as “Local Animal Welfare Hero” as a respect to them towards their commitment to helping animals. ournalist Krishna Mani Baral, from Pokhara based Animal Rights Nepal, received an award. Among those awarded for looking after suffering dogs were family Limbu from Baisepati, Lalitpur, Bishwo Maskey from Boudha and Ram Byanjankar and Indu Manandhar from Kupondole.
A flash mob danced to Michael Jackson’s song “They don’t care about us” while a giant panda danced to his own music.
In a closing remark, Manoj Gautam, President of AWNN, said: “We are living in a world where every animals has equal rights to live in harmony and peace. To achieve this goal we should all be responsible to them like we are for our families and friends”.
Pramada Shah from Animal Nepal requested all participants to unchain their pet.