Follow Lucia’s adventure in the animal kingdom…

A stitch in time saves nine

It’s that time of the year again. Winter is here and the sun-less hours are shivering cold. Yet there are puppies everywhere. Down the Ring Road from my house, there are at least four young mothers with litters, a total of thirty puppies. In a corner of Bhanimandal, three females have just given birth, that’s another fifteen. And the list goes on.

What is the solution? Find out here.

Working elephants rise up, you have nothing to lose but chains

This story is on a subject close to my heart: the conditions of working elephants in Nepal.

Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid International build a chain free enclosure for 7 elephant. This means these hard working jumbos no longer have to be chained up for around 18 hours each day.

The story was published in Nepali Times, 20 – 26 September 2013, #674



Kashi Jatra


Clad in dhoti shirt

Sari petticoat,


You shuffle in lines towards the ghats

Ready for moksha

Kashi Jatra

Read more here.

Donkey in the back

Shree devi in ambulance March 2, 2010Night was falling when I drove Animal Nepal’s rickety ambulance towards the Godavari Donkey Sanctuary. A man on a motorbike passed the car and looked inside. His face froze; he decreased his speed. Soon he drove along the ambulance, glancing inside.

The man was not eve teasing. He was looking at the patient in the back of the car, an adult donkey, positioned rather uncomfortable in the tiny car. The donkey’s head was partly stuck outside the window, her nostrils flaring. Once in a while she tried to reach me with her nose, as if to say, ‘Please take me out of here.’

Read more here.

Blood Bricks


Last week, during a health camp for working equines at a brick factory organised by Animal Nepal, we met a boy called Raju. Raju is a ten year old and is mentally and physically handicapped. Virtually blind and unable to express himself, Raju works as a donkey handler. He is one of the countless children who help producing the bricks that build our comfortable, earth quake proof houses. Only a passionate, sustained campaign against ‘Blood Bricks’ can stop the ongoing abuse that takes place in Nepal brick factories.

Brick kilns dot the Kathmandu Valley like solitary oaks, often on fire, belching black smoke as they have done for decades. But on closer inspection one can see an unsettling scene as serious as the environmental catastrophe these factories pose. A picture of startling torture and abuse emerges.

Read the rest of the story here.

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