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.”