Animal Nepal on August 2 for the third time conducted a dog health camp in Khokana, to convince community members to stop the cruel ritual during Deopokhari festival. Here a live goat is thrown into a pond and bitten to death by youth. The ‘Save the Goat of Khokana’ campaign is coordinated by Animal Welfare Network Nepal.
This year the festival saw a major improvement when the goat was quickly drowned before being used as a ‘bait’. Many influential community members want to stop the ritual and ongoing lobbying is needed to transform the festival into a child- and animal friendly one.
During the health camp 61 dogs were vaccinated and six dogs treated. The team consisted of Dr Surendra Basyal, Dr Sushma KC, Hari Khadka, Mohan Maharjan and driver Sagardai. AWNN campaign coordinator Santosh Khatiwada helped as well. The camp has become very popular in Khokana. VDC members and local people help us with the organisation and catching of stray dogs.