Better than the Oscars…

SAM_cropedBadikhel, March 29, 2014 – The Best Equine Owners Awards for all of us Animal Nepal are better than the Oscars! Today we held an Award Ceremony for the equine owners of  Lalitpur’s brick factories. The awards encourage the owners of horses, mules and donkeys to take better care of their animals.

The third prize was given to Mr Neejam Kasghar from Champi Brick Factory, while the second prize went to Mr. Ganu Kasghar from Bajra Brick. Mr. Muktaar Kasghar from R.M. Brick Factory came nr 1.

The top 3 equine owners were chosen based on our vets’ and vet-technicians’ observations over the last two months and a detailed ranking system based on Animal Nepal’s Good Practices document.

The prizes are items the equine owners use in their daily life including water filters, pressure cookers and electric lights. After the award ceremony the equine owners vowed to do even better next time and treat their animals humanely, as part of their family.

Animal Nepal will award the Best Equine Handlers later this month.

Monkey Mela @ Animal Nepal

Garage sale1Dobighat, April 2, 2014  - Coming Saturday, on April 5. Animal Nepal will open its gate from 3-6 pm for its first Monkey Mela. The festival celebrates animals and the environment.

The Mela features the ongoing Garage Sale for a Better World,  ‘upcycling’, workshops for children, puppy adoption drive and Kathmandu’s first ever Mongolian yurt.

The second hand goods vendors will be joined by creative, responsible entrepreneurs, who turn waste materials or useless products into beautiful items. Bottles to Beads, Ishine and Animal Nepal are among the producers.

Under the guidance of Sony KC and Coralie Muller, children can learn to do some upcycling of their own, or practice zoomba dancing.

There will be great vegetarian food, some of which can be enjoyed in a comfortable traditional yurt or ger, imported and produced by Green Architects.

The income of Monkey Mela goes to needy animals treated by Animal Nepal. You find our office here on google maps.

AN, EAI call for investigation into mahout killing by safari elephant

???????????????????????????????Sauraha, March 15, 2014 – Animal Nepal and Elephant Aid International call for an investigation into the killing of a mahout by a safari elephant in Sauraha earlier this week. “The issue of deprivation and overworking of safari elephants needs to be addressed to prevent further injuries and deaths,” the organizations say.

Safari elephant Champa Kali killed mahout Moti Lal Chaudhary (50) on March 12 during public bathing. Chaudhary recently changed jobs, and it was his first time to take the elephant for bathing with tourists. Champa Kali is known as an aggressive elephant, who killed someone in India before being sold to its Nepali owner, Bishnu Hari Sapkota of Nature Safari Camp. She also has a history of Tuberculosis.

Animal Nepal and Elephant Aid International urge the authorities and elephant owners’ cooperative “Unity” to conduct an independent investigation. “Mahouts are being killed on average every two years. It is important to know what the factors are behind the killing, and to rectify conditions in such a way no mahout or tourist gets attacked in future,” say representatives Lucia de Vries and Carol Buckley.

According to De Vries and Buckley sickness, stress and fear are the main factors why domestic elephant attack. They argue that safaris conducted according to the international guidelines of ABTA and other major travel associations, will greatly improve the welfare of both mahouts and elephants.

Continue reading here. A Kathmandu Post write up can be found here. 

100 dogs receive family planning in Sauraha

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Sauraha, Februar 21, 2014 – In a unique collaboration between Animal Nepal, Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) and Animal Rights Club (ARC), with Baghmara Bufferzone Committee and four Sauraha hotels, 100 Sauraha dogs and 1 cat received family planning, and many more were treated and vaccinated on the occasion of World Spay Day.

Sauraha is a popular tourism destination in Chitwan National Park. Here local tourism entrepreneurs, conservationists and bufferzone communities share a concern for the high number of stray dogs causing noise pollution and raising various welfare concerns.

Added to this is the presence of ‘sikari dogs’ and the fear of rabies. Dogs living close to the park are turning into sikari or hunting dogs and have started killing chital deer. As a result bufferzone committees have started poisoning dogs. This way of dog management is dangerous and cruel and yields no results in the long run.

HART and Animal Nepal  joined hands with the Bufferzone committees, the Hotel Association of Sauraha, Animal Rights Club and other local groups to create a healthy dog population through humane, scientific approaches. 100 dogs were spayed and vaccinated while 12 more dogs received treatment.

Thank you Jungle Wildlife Camp, River Bank Inn, Sapana Village Lodge and Sunset Camp for your support. Last but least a big hand for the team!

Animal Nepal uses games to teach donkey owners

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Badikhel, March 8, 2014 –  Equine owners walking around blind folded….a group trying to move a marble throughout a group without dropping it.

Animal Nepal organised a workshop inviting equine owners of numerous brick factories of the Lalitpur district. The motivational workshop took place at the Godavari Donkey Sanctuary.

The objective was to talk about animal welfare, its need, and for a general orientation regarding effective management of their working equines. Animal Nepal organizes regular educational workshops for equine owners and handlers, of whom around 25% are children. Animal Nepal uses games involving creativity, group participation and communication to motivate and train equine owners and handlers for improved animal welfare. 

One activity was to be blindfolded and instructed to walk according to guidance provided by a trainer. This was to enable equine owners to understand how difficult it is for blind equines to walk carrying heavy loads.

Around 10 equine owners attended the workshop. The programme was supported with a team of volunteers provided by “Hands for Care”, led by Gautam Khatri and his friends.

Students help build eco friendly donkey shelter

 

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Thank you students from Little Angels School for getting your feet muddy and helping us make the perfect plaster for our new donkey sanctuary!

Animal Nepal saves working horse from drowning

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Badikhel, January 8, 2014 - After completing a health camp in Kantipur Brick Factory the Animal Nepal team learned that a partially blind horse had fallen into a sewage. She was in danger of drowning if no immediate action was taken. While darkness fell the team rushed back to the factory.

As it was impossible to pull the horse out, vet technicians Hari Krishna and Shankar jumped into the sewage. Soon they were up to their ears (almost literally) in the cold, smelly dirty water. With the help of vets Dr Sudeep and Atish, and UK volunteers Karen Pickering and Freya Lawrence, the horse was lifted out of the sewage and a quick medical check conducted. Kanti, as the horse was now called, was taken to the Godavari Donkey Sanctuary by ambulance, where she received emergency treatment.

Thanks to the medicines, good food and much TLC, Kanti is doing well. Discussions are on the way with the owner to see if the unlucky horse can remain with us.

Animal Nepal launches campaign against cruel wild boar killing

???????????????????????????????Dobighat, January 14, 2014 – After documenting the cruel slaughter of wild boar on the eve of Maghe Sankranti festival, Animal Nepal launched a campaign to stop the breeding and killing of wild boar. Although wild boar are protected and hunting is illegal, breeding is allowed and meat can be bought online. The animals are killed publicly in a cruel manner in the streets of the capital.

A petition site has been opened to allow concerned citizens to lobby for a halt to the abuse.

Dr Sudeep Koirala, Veterinary Manager at Animal Nepal, recorded the killing of a wild boar. The video images show how at Balaju Chowk two men attack a boar with a hammer while in a cage, then drag it out and continue to hit it till it dies. The killing is done in full view of a large audience, including children. A police officer can be seen in the background. More wild boar are kept in cages at Balaju and Lainchaur, and possibly other locations in the Nepalese capital.

When the police refused to take action, Animal Nepal alerted the Kathmandu Municipality and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

Hunting the protected wild boar is not permitted in Nepal  (with the exception of a very limited number at Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve) but the animal is served as a delicacy across the country. “We want Nepal to take its commitment to wildlife serious and end the hunting, breeding, slaughter and selling of wild boar meat as soon as possible,” says Programme Manager Uttam Kafle.

Please sign the petition today!

Animal Nepal and Jane Goodall Institute expose illegal puppy trade to India

Kathmandu, December 23, 2013 – Thousands of Nepalese stray puppies have been sold as ‘Himalayan breeds’ in India in the past decade. This was found when Jane Goodall Institute and Animal Nepal exposed the illegal trafficking of Nepalese dogs to India by rescuing 30 puppies. The puppies were destined for Sonepur Mela, Asia’s largest animal fair, held annually in Bihar.

Animal Nepal calls for stricter law enforcement and request Nepalese families to come to the rescue by adopting one the puppies.

Last week 30 puppies were rescued from Kalanki bus station before being smuggled on top of a night bus to India. It is estimated that in the past decade thousands of mixed breed dogs have been sold as pure breeds across the border. Traders collect stray puppies from the streets of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts and promote them as special Himalayan breeds in India. Exporting any life animal without official documents is illegal under Nepalese law.

The puppies are cramped in mesh wire cages and transported on top of public buses from Kathmandu to Sonepur in Bihar via Malangala in Siraha. According to Managing Veterinarian Dr Surendra Basyal the condition of the puppies is raises many concerns. “Most puppies are not properly weaned. Some are as young as three weeks. They can hardly survive without their mother. I cannot imagine that any of them would have survived the long journey to Sonepur.”

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President tells brick factories to improve conditions of equines

President imageKathmandu, November 10, 2013 – The President  of Nepal, the Honourable Ram Baran Yadav, in a letter to the Department of Industries, tells brick factories to treat equines used for carrying bricks humanely. He did so in response to a letter from two lecturers at Coker College, South Carolina, USA.

The lecturers,  Prof. Jean Grosser and Alireza Azizi of Coker College, wrote to the President in response to Animal Nepal’s campaign against animal abuse taking place at New Bhairab brick factory. A petition, signed by close to 150,000 people, showed the image of a mule dying from deep trauma saddle wounds exposing the equine’s spine and vertebrae.

In response to the letter the President instructed the Department of Industries to inform all brick factories to stop animal abuse taking place in the kilns.

The letter by the Department to the Cottage and Small Industries Office and Federation of Brick Industries says: “We hereby inform all brick factories not to show inhumane behaviour to animals by using sick and injured equines and overloading them.”

Animal Nepal, which has lobbied for better conditions for ‘brick donkeys’ since 2008, feels greatly encouraged by the President’s statement.

To download the original letter in Nepali click here.

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