Micro Finance Training for the Equine Users Group at Nepalgunj

0-02-03-76935263c49ac7922d60468baa880b38e404bd259ee0e7d509265605b05293ef_fullNepalgunj, September, 2016– Animal Nepal on September organised a small training on the importance of micro finance to the equine owners of Nepalgunj. The training was conducted by Surendra Dip karki, an entrepreneur from Nepalgunj.

The brick season in Kathmandu runs for only half a year and the owners return back to Nepalgunj after the end of the brick season. In Nepalgunj they spend remaining time of the year in local tea shop where they spend minimum of 100 rs a day. That way they are able to save a very little money out of their work. The major intention behind this training was to change this attitude of the owners and make them understand the importance of saving. More

Meeting with ECTAD, FAO on Publication of LEGS Handbook

legs-2nd-edition-cover-compressedKathmandu, October, 2016– Representatives from Animal Nepal recently organised a meeting with National Programmed Director of ECTAD, FAO in the month of October 2016. Since FAO had carried out LEGS training program in Nepal, we assumed it would be appropriate to make a handbook based on LEGS study. Since it was a comprehensive research on how to take care of animals especially livestock during natural disasters we thought it would be very useful for the stakeholders. Nepal being in an earthquake prone zone and has suffered immensely in the course of the 25th April 2015 disaster and the next big concern that the country is facing is of glacial eruption, it is imperative that a handbook is taken out and handed out to the necessary stakeholders who in turn can educate themselves on how to better handle their livestock during moments of crisis. More

Educating Communities and Creating Change at Barabanki!

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At Animal Nepal we believe in creating change and making it everlasting which can only be achieved through education. Educating communities has been our primary importance since the beginning of our project. Besides providing emergency treatments and conducting health camps in brick factories we have been engaged in educating the equine owners and handlers and motivating them towards better changes in every possible ways. After working with the team experts from The Donkey Sanctuary UK and Donkey Sanctuary India at one of the biggest equine fair at Barabanki, our knowledge on educating communities even got broader. More

Meeting Shahid and his Family at Barabanki Equine Fair

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Shahid Kasagar (left) with Kapil Kafle, Programme manager Animal Nepal

19 years old Shahid Kasagar started working in brick factories at the age of 13. His rough hands and cracked heels are the witness of smoke and dust he grew up playing with. Animal Nepal got to know Shahid during our work at UK brick factory of Lalitpur in 2016. We also know him as one of the youngest equine owner in our project area. This October we got an opportunity to meet him at Barabanki Equine fair, one of the largest fair that takes place every year at Barabanki town in Eastern Utter Pradesh, India. There we also met with other equine owners and traders who came all the way from Nepalgunj either to buy or sell their equines.  More

ARV Camp at Swyambhunath Vaccinates 130 Dogs!

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Animal Nepal team vaccinated no less than 130 dogs at Swyambhunath area at the end of July 2016. Swayambhunath area located in the heart of Kathmandu valley is also a world heritage site of Nepal and popular destination for travelers both locals and foreigners. Being a popular destination for followers of Buddhism and Hinduism, the increasing number of animals living in this holy shrine needs to be protected. With the help of such activities, we also aim to develop future strategies of including Swyambhu into our Annual programme.

Animal Nepal plans to conduct a pilot Animal Birth Control (ABC) program at Swyambhunath and Shova Bhagwati area at the end of year 2016, where we plan to vaccinate and sterilize at least 100 stray dogs of the area, carry out community awareness raising activities, create a happy and healthy environment for both animals, locals and tourists at Swyambhunath.

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Animal Nepal Organises Multi-Stake holder Meeting at Gorkha Regarding Welfare of Mountain Mules

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Gorkha, July, 2016– “There are at least 500 mules working in Gorkha district and 36 of them died this year due to narrow landscape, especially after the earthquake and landslide. Few equines broke their legs in the journey and since there is no any medical facilities available for them, some of them were thrown alive in the river as they can walk and work no more”, says Dhan Kumar Gurung, Secretary of Mule Management Committee, Gorkha District.

Gorkha district of Nepal, especially in the northern part there is no access to roads and transportation facilities. Hence, Mountain mules still remains the main source of transportation and income for the local people. But the earthquake and heavy rainfall has made the walking route of Gorkha even worse. On top of that, overall conditions including health, shelter and working hours of mules are often compromised and they are made to over work in extreme conditions with no proper treatment facilities. More

Animal Nepal Publishes it’s Report on National and International Legal Instrument Addressing Animal Welfare in Nepal

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Kathmandu, August, 2016– Animal Nepal today published a report on “National and International Legal Instruments Addressing Animal Welfare in Nepal”, a study on the legal instruments that address animal welfare in Nepal.

In response to the perplexing legal situation regarding animal welfare in Nepal, Animal Nepal decided to conduct the study which aims to identify the relevant legal instruments and provisions at national and international level. The study will also identify the responsible bodies, as prescribed by law, to mitigate cases of animal abuse and to ensure animal welfare.  It examines the weaknesses of the national legal instruments as well as the gap between national and international laws in respect to animal welfare.  The study intends to provide clarity regarding the provisions addressing animal welfare in Nepal; it intends to elucidate the compatibility, or the incompatibility for that matter, between national and international law addressing animal welfare.

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