Getting to know the mountain mules of Nepal

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Gorkha/ Kathmandu – Although their numbers are decreasing, much of the transportation in the mountains of Nepal is still carried out by mules. In order to find out what their welfare conditions look like after the earthquake, Animal Nepal, with the support of Donkey Sanctuary UK (DSUK), has started rapid Assessment of Mountain Mules. Besides a lack of medical support, the main welfare problems identified are a lack of appropriate feed, water, shelter, vaccination programmes and a poor understanding of animal welfare. As a result mountain mules suffer from various medical conditions including preventable wounds, lameness, colic, injuries and communicable diseases.

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Animal Nepal launches Lalitpur dog population survey report

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It’s official: 2793 dogs live on the streets of Lalitpur’s Sub-Metropolitan City area. Animal Nepal today published the findings of its detailed dog population survey to carefully measure the outcomes of its ongoing Humane Dog Management Programme. “The survey’s findings give us the confidence that we can bring a lasting chance in the lives of Lalitpur’s dogs,” says Director Uttam Kafle.

The organization in 2014 signed an MOU with the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) authorities and committed itself to reach at least 75% coverage of female dogs spayed and neutered in LSMC’s 22 wards. More

Animal Nepal speaks out against wildlife gifting

rhinoAnimal Nepal has requested the government of Nepal not to reintroduce the practice of gifting live animals to other countries. In letters to the Minister and Director General, Animal Nepal notes that using wildlife as ‘diplomatic gifts’ reduces animals to objects and leads to animal suffering.

“With animal welfare being high on the agenda around the world, wildlife gifting generally no longer is an appreciated diplomatic gesture,” writes Animal Nepal’s President Pramada Shah.

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Animal Nepal: Don’t construct roads or railways inside Chitwan National Park

Railway chitwanAnimal Nepal today relaunched its campaign against road and railway construction inside Chitwan National Park. The organisations strongly opposes the construction of an East West Railway, Terai Hulaki Highway and feeder roads inside the park and through the Chure hills. “Chitwan is a unique protected heritage site that has taken us forty years to develop. The government has no right to destroy its habitat in the name of development,” says Animal Nepal.

Nepal’s government announced its plans to construct a Terai Hulaki Highway and East-West Electric Railway in Terai, cutting through Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage, in July 2013.

The projects threaten tourism and decades of conservation that has rescued the tiger and rhino from the brink of extinction.

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Animal Nepal treats 900 ‘forgotten quake victims’

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Reaching out to the forgotten victims of the earthquake, Animal Nepal in the wake of the disaster treated around 900 animals, including 450 equines working in brick factories. Three veterinary teams took great risks to visit the worst affected districts, including Lalitpur, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk and the outskirts of Kathmandu to help desperate farmers. “Many people consider animals less important but to farmers their livestock are essential for their survival”, says Director Uttam Kafle.

The teams were shocked by the severity of the injuries. They came across broken spines and broken limbs, and treated various cases of pneumonia and diarrhea. The full report can be read here.

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‘A donkey is not a machine’

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When the Animal Nepal team recently reached Kantipur Brick Factory and found that sick ‘brick donkeys’ were kept together with healthy ones, they immediately rolled up their sleeves. Together with the equine owners, they build an isolation unit.  The team were able to treat over 16 equines suffering from saddle wounds, hoof problems, dehydration, skin problems and/or undernourishment. More

Kudos to Animal Aid Abroad Australia tour group!

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At the start of the year the Animal Nepal team was pampered with the visit of  a team of volunteers from Animal Aid Abroad Australia (AAA). The eleven enthusiastic AAA members came with the purpose of getting to know Animal Nepal better and donating lots of useful medicines and special equipment, including a microscope. More

Shattered hearts come together to say: “WE WILL NOT FORGET”

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Kathmandu, December 1, 2014– Tears flowed today when over 50 concerned citizens from across the country protested Gadhimai sacrifices at the southern gate of Singha Durbar, They said in many different ways: We Will Not Forget, and held the government responsible for the blood bath.

Concerned citizens dressed in black dresses held banners and placards. The slogans included ‘Why does the government remain silent?’, ‘We deny to step on innocent blood!’ and ‘Stop Animal Sacrifice’.  The silent protest started from the Hanumansthan, Anamnagar, and eventually turned into a rally that passed various ministries.

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Shelter dogs say: “Winter, come try me”!

donate blanketOutside it is getting colder, but the Chobar Animal Shelter is heating up. The secret behind are those blankets and quilts that has are pouring in this season from our well-wishers.

Stray dog often suffer from hair loss and malnutrition and on top of that lack a home and a cosy shelter. Thus Winter tends to be very difficult for them.  But with a little bit of effort and kindness we can save a dog this winter.  More

Voices of Animals at Planet Nepal 3

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Kathmandu, November 1, 2014– Animal Nepal was able to make a remarkable presence on the Planet Nepal 3, the festival of arts & environment. The main aim of the participation was to make people aware about the role of animals.  It was the exhibitions of portraits of animals from our shelter, mostly by photographer and designer Nirmal Rana, with their added voices that drew the people to the stall. More

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