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Program background

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.

Shocked to see the conditions of thousands of donkeys, mules and horses working in the brick factories of Kathmandu Valley, Animal Nepal (AN) launched a Working Equine Outreach Programme in 2009. Since then, with the support of The Donkey Sanctuary UK, AN has been working in over 15 brick factories in Lalitpur (seasonal industry running for 6 months every year), where it organizes regular health camps and educates the equine owners, handlers and factory owners on equine welfare. The condition of the 500 or so working equines in the 15 brick factories in Lalitpur has improved considerably with 55% decrease in wounds over a 5 year working period (Annual Report 2015-2016). Animal Nepal was the first animal welfare organization to work in the brick kilns of Nepal and our work continues to expand. In 2012, the outreach programme was extended to Nepalgunj- Nepal’s main equine bazaar, to address the root causes of the abuse and make a lasting change in the lives of Nepal’s working equines and their owners. In 2016, AN expanded its Outreach programme to Dhading, Kavre and Gorkha districts of Nepal. In the same year AN decided to focus more on advocacy and since has worked closely with the Ministry of Livestock Development.

In addition to the equine welfare education workshops, AN also provides skill based training for the equine owners and their families to enhance their economic situation. This undertaking was carried out while extending AN’s outreach programme to Nepalgunj- Nepal’s main equine bazaar (as well as home for most equine owners coming to Lalitpur). Animal Nepal was the first animal welfare organization to work in the brick-kilns of Nepal and our work continues to expand.

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