AN In The Media
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“Moving away from elephant safaris 50 years after we introduced them, seemed too big a step, but I had seen young elephants being trained at the breeding centre. It was horrifying, they are scarred for life,” Edwards recalls.
“Let’s assume the buffalo lives in Saptari. For years the animal has loyally served a family or community, ploughing the fields and pulling carts. The buffalo must feel bewildered when it is walked down to the road, leaving the village, and continuing for hours until they reach the road head. Here, it is rounded up with some 50 other buffaloes, among them mothers with their young, and is forced into a truck.”
“I feel very happy when I see some dogs being walked, looking healthy and loved. A well cared for and loved dog has that air of confidence around them which is such a pleasure to see. It is heartwarming to see a growing number of people who love their dogs and treat them like family. They cry when they lose their pets, take them to the vets when they are sick and fuss over them like they would over their own children. But there are many who buy pure breeds simply as status symbols. It is this group of people that I am appealing to, through this article.”
Nepali Times reports on how our sanctuary in Badikhel provides a well-deserved retirement home for former brick kiln donkeys of Kathmandu…
Pramada Shah and Lucia de Vries, volunteer directors, at Animal Nepal, expose the regular poisoning campaigns by local governments in Republica. “Betraying our canine companions by feeding them poisoned meat is an example of unmatched cruelty,” they write.
Jiggy Gaton, Communications Director at Animal Nepal, devotes his weekly column to Animal Nepal’s CNVR (Catch Neuter Vaccinate Release) camp in Pharping, where 52 dogs were spayed and vaccinated. Gaton notes: “This week´s Pharping CNVR proved to be a great success (many congrats out to them), and was kicked off by dozens of volunteers establishing a temporary operating theatre.”
Pramada Shah and Lucia de Vries argue that humans, not birds, who are responsible for the 2012 bird flu debacle in Nepal. “It doesn’t take an animal lover to understand that without introducing minimum welfare standards, Nepal will remain susceptible to killer diseases,” they argue.
Animal Nepal’s volunteer director Pramada Shah wrote this important opinion piece in The Guardian at the eve of Gadhimai festival, held in November 2009, when around 250.000 animals were sacrificed in the span of 24 hours.
Pramada Shah & Lucia de Vries on ‘Blood Bricks’, produced and carried by bonded labourers, children and neglected equines. They call for a national consumer campaign and write: “Next time you order a stack of bricks make sure they have not been produced with the sweat and blood of children and donkeys. For the sake of Shakti and Mukti and thousands of working children please opt for clean and green bricks.”
Lulu, a malnourished working donkey, died at Animal Nepal’s shelter in October 2009. She died from colic, a disease that is mostly caused by eating plastic, often fatal in equines. On World Animal Day, Lucia de Vries wonders what Lulu’s life must have looked like. What is it like being a common Nepali donkey, employed in one of the country’s countless brick kilns?
Dr Russell Lyon, a UK based vet and author of various books, including Vet in the Country, happened to see a presentation on ‘Blood Bricks’ by Animal Nepal’s Dr Sudeep Koirala, and decided to go and see for himself. The visit to the brick factory and our donkey sanctuary made a big impact on him. In this column in Vet Times Dr Lyon shares his observations.
That is how photographer Debby Ng introduces her photo essay about our work in The Asia Magazine. Debby reports on the rescueand ABC/AR program at the Chobar Animal Sanctuary. Her article ‘Beasts of Burden’ on our Working Equine Outreach Programme can be read here.
“Tucked away in the hills of Chobar, Chobar Animal Sanctuary is not hard to miss. I was greeted by an eager puppy, Facebook, who tried to chew my ankles and Krishna Singh, (Programme Manager) who gladly showed me around.” This is how a write up on our dog shelter starts in Wave Magazine….