The historical seminar was held at Godavari Village Resort, Kathmandu on August 12, 2012. The Seminar brought together central and local government representatives, UN bodies, representatives from neighbouring governments, and many NGOs. The aim was to secure commitment from all stakeholders to the humane and effective management of Nepal’s dog population.
Throughout Nepal local authorities still resort to mass poisoning to try to control dog populations. They are under pressure to control rabies (transmitted by dogs) and other problems such as noise pollution and traffic accidents. However, over the years, the strategy of poisoning has proven ineffective. Nepal’s street dog population is now estimated at three million, and many of these animals are suffering from injuries, disease and neglect. Poisoning not only introduces massive pain on the dogs, but psychologically impacts human society, and is a source of environmental pollution.
Several alternative approaches to controlling dog populations, from within and outside Nepal, were discussed during the Seminar, which culminated in a Declaration which urges the responsible government authorities in Nepal to adopt humane, scientific methods of dog population management.
The Seminar was organized by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN), with the support of Humane Society International, Tufts University (USA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
The full report can be read here.