The Working Equine Outreach Program is a holistic approach to ensure the welfare of working equines, especially donkeys and mules used for carrying loads in brick kilns and in the mountain trails. Animal Nepal works with key stakeholders to improve the living and working conditions of working equines, in line with the Five Freedoms of Animals. The stakeholders include brick kiln owners, middle-men (Naike), equine owners, equine handlers, local vet practitioners and related government agencies. Through education programs and training, the stakeholders are empowered to treat the equines in line with the principles of animal welfare. Animal Nepal's Working Equine Outreach Team also regularly makes field visits to do health checks and provide treatments to the working equines.
As policy makers, the government plays a crucial role in ensuring the welfare of working animals. As part of this program, Animal Nepal advocates for the cause of working animals with specific stakeholders. In 2016, Animal Nepal was part of the committee that was formed to draft a legislation for the welfare of equines and other pack animals. In 2017, Animal Nepal successfully lobbied the government of Nepal to pass the landmark Animal Welfare Directive - the first of its kind in the world specifically drafted for the welfare of traction and pack animals. Animal Nepal hopes to set an example by supporting the government in the implementation of this Directive as law and to this end, Animal Nepal have signed an MoU with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock stating that Animal Nepal will be a leading partner in the implementation process.
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