Lalitpur, March 2018 –
Animal Nepal recently published its 2017 Annual Report. You are warmly invited to go through it and learn more about how we created a foundation for lasting change.
2017 was an exciting year at Animal Nepal, in which we focused on building a foundation for lasting change. We did that through working closely with the Government of Nepal and by putting legislation to protect animals in place.
To improve the lives of working equines, we helped the government draft the Animal Welfare Directive 2017, which legally protects working animals. The directive is the world’s first of its kind, as it’s the first one specifically for pack and traction animals (including not only equines but also elephants, bulls, buffaloes, yak, sheep and goats). It is also the world’s first Directive that is based on the OIE standards for working equines.
In June 2017 Animal Nepal became the first animal welfare organization in Nepal to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Livestock Development. The MOU enables us to work on additional legislation and joint awareness raising activities for animals in general.
One of the first activities under the MOU was the drafting of a framework for a disaster management plan for animals. In the wake of the 2015 earthquake and the 2017 floods, this is a crucial step towards preparing a response to the disasters Nepal faces.
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the animal welfare movement of Nepal, the criminal code or Muluki Ain was updated, and now acknowledges animal welfare and criminalizes animal abuse. Animal Nepal and its partners will continue to work with the government to implement the code and translate its key points into other legislation as well.
The phone keeps ringing…
To improve the lives of dogs Animal Nepal further strengthened its relation with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) administration. LMC governs the core of our working area in Lalitpur District. The government body this year supported our humane dog management program with $5000 and organized different education programs for Ward representatives.
Each year our teams treat more sick and injured animals. This is partly caused by the expansion of our programs but is also the outcome of increased community involvement. Our hotline rings most of the day!
Animal Nepal’s outreach teams in 2017 worked hard to respond to treatment requests. The ‘dog team’ spayed and vaccinated 1105 dogs, and treated 1410 needy dogs on the street and in the treatment centre. Another 2296 dog got vaccinated. The ‘equine team’ treated an astonishing high number of horses, mules and donkeys: 5977. This means a 290% increase from 2016. The team members vaccinated another 949 equines.
Easing the burdens…
In 2017 Animal Nepal further expanded its work under its Working Equine Program in rural districts featuring brick factories, specifically Dhading and Kavre district. By placing two veterinary technicians in Dhading, the outreach work in 18 brick factories could be significantly intensified.
The pilot program for mountain mules in Gorkha district introduced in 2016 further expanded in 2017. Through health camps and training programs we aim to lighten the burden of these hardworking mules and bring lasting change into their lives.
During the last two months of the year, Animal Nepal intensified the effectiveness and economic empowerment of the Equine User Group in Nepalgunj by organizing micro credit programs. The organization further involved in organizing a training for local vets and para-vets on important contemporary health issues among equines. As an additional intervention, a training in improved harness making was organized. This year we started an exciting new project to bringing lasting changes in the lives of equine and their owners. With the support of World Horse Association we introduced mushroom farming for the women of Himrinya village of Banke district. We strongly believe in the interrelationship between the welfare of equines and the economic status of their owners!
After the floods…
After Nepal was hit by disastrous floods in August, which killed 143, affected 1.7 million, and forced around 461,000 out of their homes, Animal Nepal, with financial support of The Donkey Sanctuary, sent a rapid response team to the affected six districts. The team worked in close collaboration with the district Livestock Service Offices and the Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA) and managed to treat and vaccinate more than 2,000 affected livestock.
In order to change people’s hearts and minds for the benefit of animals, Animal Nepal together with Radio Annapurna organized 40 special radio programs called Ahimsa (nonviolence). These regular airwaves are becoming an effective tool to create awareness on humane dog management and to engage government authorities, local people, and other concerned authorities in our regular activities.
AN Founder President Pramada Shah said,”I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Government of Nepal, our loyal donors and supporters, the community members we work with and last but not the least Animal Nepal’s wonderful management and outreach teams for their support in our work.” You can download the full report here.