Animals starve to death in Nepalgunj Kanji House

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Kathmandu/Nepalgunj, September 4, 2012 – Animal Nepal calls for immediate action to prevent the starvation of animals at Nepalgunj’ Kanji House. “The municipality, which is supposed to take care of confiscated animals until their owners collect them, only seems to care about earning money from fines,” says Animal Nepal.

At the moment twenty animals have been kept at the Kanji House since fifteen days. Their health condition is deteriorating day by day. If no action is taken they too might not survive.

Animal Nepal has been lobbying for improved conditions at the Kanji House for the past three years. In a bid to prevent the animals from dying from thirst, the organization donated a water pump to the Kanji House in 2011. Animal Nepal also provides free medical check ups once a week. Nevertheless, the animals keep dying from a lack of food and regular medical attention.

In 2010, 25 equines died a slow, agonizing death due to starvation at the Kanji House. In August 2012, Animal Nepal observed the death of a horse as a result of starvation and a lack of medical attention.

The Kanji House acts as the municipality’s shelter for animals, including cows and equines, which have been confiscated. Owners need to pay a fine before their animals are returned.  The Kanji House runs on an annual budget of merely Rs 30,000 (300 euro), which includes the sole caretaker’s salary. The income from fines can be as much as Rs 35,000 per month but this money is kept by the municipality.

Animal Nepal urges the authorities to take immediate action. “The municipality, despite many complaints, has turned the shelter into a graveyard. Unless the budget is increased, fines for owners are revised, and a new strategy for abandoned equines is developed, animals will continue to starve to death at a government facility.”

Also read this report: ‘Beasts of Burden – Equine Abuse in Nepalgunj’

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