Shocked to see the conditions of thousands of donkeys, mules and horses working in the brick factories of Kathmandu Valley, Animal Nepal (AN) launched a Working Equine Outreach Programme in 2009. Since then, with the support of The Donkey Sanctuary UK, AN has been working in over 15 brick factories in Lalitpur (seasonal industry running for 6 months every year), where it organizes regular health camps and educates the owners, handlers and factory owners on equine welfare. The condition of the 500 or so working equines in the 15 brick factories in Lalitpur has improved considerably with 55% decrease in wounds over a 5 year working period (Annual Report 2015-2016).
In addition to the equine welfare education workshops, AN also provides skill based training for the equine owners and their families to enhance their economic situation. This undertaking was carried out while extending AN’s outreach programme to Nepalgunj- Nepal’s main equine bazaar (as well as home for most equine owners coming to Lalitpur). Based on our Mountain Mule survey and Brick Kiln Survey conducted in late 2015, AN has plans to extend its working area for the equine outreach programme to the brick factories of Dhading and Kavre as well as for mountain mules of Gorkha in 2017.
Animal Nepal was the first animal welfare organization to work in the brick-kilns of Nepal and our work continues to expand.
Objective of our Working Equines Outreach Programme:
Our Target for 2016:
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